Former Boston cop Tom Nolan on why many police unions are angry at the public.
There Is No Order in Congress
Everything in Congress is behind closed doors.
Brandt Tobler Has a Problem With Authority
Tales from the guy who once threw a roulette ball at a pit boss.
About the Google Memo
Even if Google was right to fire James Damore, why does it insist that employees can still expect freedom of expression at work?
Muhammad Ali’s Biggest Fight
How the greatest knocked out the U.S. Justice Department.
Somewheres vs. Anywheres
British journalist David Goodhart says there are two kinds of people.
The Social Experiment on TV
Confidence rules, meek people lose.
Maria Bamford Wants to See Emotion
A stand-up comic graciously shares her show notes for sports program producers.
The Scaramucci Tapes
Zoe Chace, producer for This American Life, digs up the audio from her 2016 interview with the former White House communications director. His past suggests he’ll bounce right back.
A Video Game Thoreau Might Play
In Walden, a game, players can pick berries, walk in the woods, or spend the rest of their virtual lives in jail for tax evasion.
No Hard Feelings
Scientist Lisa Feldman Barrett says the results are in: Your feelings are a construct.
How to Beat a Casino
In the new ESPN podcast documentary A Queen of Sorts, the story of a woman who turned the tables on casinos around the world.
Alan Alda Seeks Clarity
In his new book, the MASH star shares his hope for better communication between scientists and us regular folks
They Called Him Son of Sam
A Smithsonian Channel documentary revisits the media hysteria surrounding the 1970s serial killer known as the Son of Sam.
How Democrats Condescend to the White Working C...
Joan C. Williams says a third of the country is feeling talked down to. Here’s how to stop it.
Why Did Trump and Putin Meet in Secret?
Ian Bremmer broke the story of the second Trump-Putin meeting. But are we blowing it out of proportion?
A Kid in the Hall Tells All
Kevin McDonald on the special alchemy that made Kids in the Hall a truly groundbreaking comedy troupe.
Al Gore, Ever Hopeful
The former vice president returns with a sequel to his climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.
Unearthing a Cult Classic
Comedy writer Mike Sacks on the 40th anniversary of the Dixie-fried action caper "Stinker Lets Loose."
The Garbage Art of Handwriting Analysis
The Gist’s resident guff detector Maria Konnikova returns to look at the (appropriately) lost art of graphology.
Tyler Cowen Fears for Our Future
An economist’s diagnosis of our societal torpor.
Dan Pashman on the Psychology of Taste
This is your brain on food.
Haunted By “A Ghost Story”
How a classic Halloween costume inspired one of the most profound films of the year.
At Sea With James Stavridis
The retired admiral answers all of our questions about ISIS, H.R. McMaster, and life on a submarine.
Look at All the Struggling Democracies
Financial Times columnist Edward Luce introduces us to a new word: oikophobia, fear of fellow countrymen.
Ben Wittes on the Latest News Bomb
How bad are Don Jr.’s emails?
Twitter Should Drop Trump Already
Political scientist Seth Masket argues the harassment, the trolling, and the misinformation need to stop now
In Defense of Ombudsmen
Daniel Okrent, the first public editor for the New York Times, sticks up for the journalists everyone loves to hate.
Centrists Won’t Save Health Care
Conservative writer Philip Klein says compromise won’t lead to better health policy. It has to be all or nothing.
Chris Christie’s Biggest Mistake
No, it wasn’t Bridgegate. Or Beachgate.
The Incredible Eddie Izzard
A conversation with the famed comedian, author, runner and one-day-only concert pianist
Invisibilia Questions Your Emotions
The hosts of NPR’s hit podcast say there’s been a quiet revolution in the way we understand our feelings.
Writing Cop Fiction in the Age of Black Lives M...
Crime writer Don Winslow on the deep research that goes into writing modern crime fiction
I Hate This, Don’t Quote Me
In one paragraph, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher held the line against anonymous sources and “outright awfulness.”
Big Turmoil in Big Sky Country
Anne Helen Petersen returns to discuss her new posting—covering politics in Montana for BuzzFeed.
The Rise and Reign of Unruly Women
In her new book, author Anne Helen Petersen on how our culture treats women defying norms.
Do Radicals Change the World?
Author Jeremy McCarter on the five people who changed the course of America in 1917.
Scaachi Koul on Surviving the Trolls
It helps to stay off Twitter.
The Musings of Wallace Shawn
The playwright and actor on the struggle of making a creative statement in the face of political chaos.
Is Terrorism Coverage Racist?
A few problems with the recent study suggesting white terrorists get less media play than Muslim terrorists.
Lies vs. BS
A handy guide to parsing the president’s tweets.
Jon Ronson on Writing the Year’s Wildest Movie
The Welsh journalist on his new movie, the meat-is-murder fantasy adventure Okja.
The Delicate Art of Political Persuasion
Robb Willer on how to reframe debates in a way the “other side” will understand.
He Ate Human Flesh for Science
Bill Schutt on his comprehensive new book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History
Why does awkwardness make us so uncomfortable?
Autocrats Can’t Take a Joke
Comedian Bassem Youssef satirized two Egyptian presidents. They were not amused.
Larry Wilmore is Black on the Air
The comedian talks about his new podcast and why satire can’t change minds.
What We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Pt. II
Criminal justice quant John Pfaff says to bring down the prison population we must rein in prosecutors. Can that be done?
What We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Pt. I
Hint: It’s not about the feds, it’s about local prosecutors.
Why So Morose About Lactose?
Our resident debunker, Maria Konnikova, on the truth and the fiction about nondairy milks.
O Great Confessor Google
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz combs internet search data to uncover secrets that elude pollsters.
You Can’t Say That, Mr. Senator
Guest host Zoe Chace talks to Al Franken about jokes you can’t say out loud in Washington.
The Path of Most Resistance
New Republic editor Jeet Heer on how the election of Donald Trump has remade the Democratic Party.
A Playwright in the Rust Belt
Lynn Nottage on her Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway show Sweat.
Donald Trump, Body Snatcher
Why is it so hard to talk about Trump without sounding like warmed-over commentary on CNN?
The Colony and the Nation
MSNBC host Chris Hayes on how the law-and-order policies of Richard Nixon have created a bifurcated America
Ben Wittes Digs Out
The editor of Lawfare returns to wade through the past two weeks’ worth of ENSH (errant national security horses--t).
Everyone Looks Presidential on Air Force One
Josh King on why Donald Trump is looking kind of respectable during his first foreign trip.
Tom Ricks: “It’s Shakespearean”
A longtime defense policy reporter on the tragedy unfolding in the Trump White House.
Jon Glaser Is Conflicted
The star of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter isn’t sure the world needs more dumb jokes, but he’s making them anyway.
Can We Really Fix College Sports?
Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, wants to help college athletes out of their plight.
Roger Ailes Created This Mess
Isaac Chotiner on the death of a man who created Fox News and elevated Trump to political power.
Why Things Went South in Alabama
John Archibald, dean of the Alabama press corps, unpacks the scandal that brought down his state’s governor.
Encounters With the Very, Very Famous
Chuck Klosterman on his new book X, which includes profiles of everyone from Kobe Bryant to Taylor Swift.
Chasing the Bauble With Brooke Gladstone
The On The Media host says press tallies of Trump lies are not enough; we have to cover the consequences.
Are Bilinguals Really Smarter?
Our social science sleuth Maria Konnikova returns to take on the question of whether bilinguals are brighter than the rest of us.
Clint Watts, Testifier Extraordinaire
The star of March’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing says we need to get better at knowing information warfare when we see it.
The Man Who Wrote the Comey Memo
How did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein become a presidential hatchet man?
Are We Smart Enough to Be a Direct Democracy?
Foreign Policy editor David Rothkopf asks The Great Questions of Tomorrow in his new book.
The Formation of Stephen Miller
The Trump administration’s wunderkind adviser made his name as a student pundit during the Duke lacrosse scandal.
What’s in the Bill? With Sarah Kliff
The Vox healthcare writer returns to discuss the AHCA, which passed the House on Thursday.
Observing Obscura Day
On Saturday, May 6th adherents to the Atlas Obscura worldview will venture out to explore oddities near and far. We checked out a funky neon shop in our neighborhood.
Sarah Manguso’s Words to Live By
The author and poet writes aphorisms for modern times in her new book 300 Arguments.
Red Feed, Blue Feed With Cass Sunstein
The Harvard professor on his new book, #Republic, which looks at what’s new about American polarization.
Facing Your Genetic Destiny
New York Times science reporter Gina Kolata looks at a mysterious disease and the diagnosis that almost tore a family apart
The Incredible Lucas Brothers
Why twins should avoid mushrooms and other life lessons from stand-up comedy duo Keith and Kenny Lucas.
When Did Late Night Stop Being Fun?
Comedian Guy Branum on the “controlled fun” of late night, and how Talk Show: The Game Show promises to fix that.
The Populists Cannot Win
Slate columnist and Harvard lecturer Yascha Mounk on what we can learn from the rise of populism in Europe.
The Clinton Campaign Tell-All
In the book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, Jonathan Allen and his co-author, Amie Parnes, detail an organization beset by infighting, fatalism, and a fundamentally weak candidate.
Moshe Kasher Is Not an Activist
Comedy Central’s Problematic is part talk show and part town hall, tilting at a variety of incendiary topics and urging candid discussion. Can it also be funny?
When the ’80s Went Pro
In 1987, the big acts got bigger. Hair metal got hairier. Slick pop stars got slicker. And Michael Jackson was Bad as ever.
The Secrets of S-Town
Host and producer Brian Reed takes us inside his hit podcast.
Up With Eggheads
Are experts taking the fall for decisions made by people in power?
What Happened to the Crack Epidemic?
In 100:1 The Crack Legacy, Christopher Johnson draws a line between the ’80s epidemic and overpolicing today.
Ariel Levy Was Here
In her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, Levy ponders the price of her own plucky, third-wave feminism.
The Gist Presents the Grift
A special presentation of Maria Konnikova’s new podcast, about long cons and the characters who perpetrate them.
The Handmaid’s Fail
Is The Handmaid’s Tale really the most fitting dystopian novel we could be reading right now? Guest host Alexandra Petri talks to Slate’s Mallory Ortberg.
Improv is Hard, Writing is Harder
Jake Johnson and Joe Swanberg on the hectic process behind the new poker comedy Win It All
Why David Letterman Still Matters
In his book, The Last Giant of Late Night, reporter Jason Zinoman explains how The Late Show was like nothing else on TV.
When Protesters Pull the Fire Alarm
Does your right to free speech entitle you to silence the speech of someone else? Mike Pesca debates Slate’s Osita Nwanevu.
Shots Fired. What Now?
How does President Trump’s attack on a Syrian air base fit into U.S. policy toward the Assad regime?
Lovable Losers With Scott Simon
The NPR host on the changing nature of his fandom for the Chicago Cubs
A More Human Kind of Sci-Fi
Charlie McDowell imagines a world where the afterlife is scientifically proven in his film The Discovery.
An Outsider’s Take on America’s Game
For 15 years, Tabitha Soren followed a group of baseball minor league draft picks with a camera. The results are stirring.
Where Is the Republican Resistance?
GOP strategist Mike Murphy on why Democrats won’t get an “Aaron Sorkin moment” where the whole party righteously turns on Trump.
The Return of Mystery Science Theater 3000
Creator Joel Hodgson and head writer Elliot Kalan on the return of the iconic movie-riffing show that changed comedy.
Russia Doesn’t Have Any Friends
What are we missing in all the coverage of the Kremlin’s election skullduggery?
What is Homeopathy, Exactly?
Resident myth-debunker Maria Konnikova returns to trace the spotty history of homeopathic remedies.
How Political Parties Collapse
The Whigs were destroyed in the 1850s by divisions over nativism, free trade, and government spending. Sound familiar?
Step Away From the Screen
Should your favorite video game or Netflix show come with a surgeon general’s warning?
Feet off the Couch, Please
Alyssa Mastromonaco, who served as deputy chief of staff in Obama’s White House, on why mess ups like the Kellyanne Conway couch photo actually matter
Slobs vs. Snobs
The Free Beacon’s film critic reviews the delightful romp that is our conservative vs. liberal political death match.
Health Care! It’s Trump’s Problem Now
Slate’s Jordan Weissmann and Jim Newell look at Trump’s no-win situation, a day before the AHCA gets a House vote.
James Comey’s Slow Drip
The president’s allies are being investigated for connections to Moscow. Are we making a big enough deal of this?
Cold, Hard Facts with Wendy Zukerman
The Science Vs. host takes on everything from climate change to ghosts on her weekly podcast.
What’s Next for Travel Ban 2.0
Typically, judges aren’t supposed to use campaign-trail speech to evaluate official policy. Slate legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick says the travel ban case isn’t typical.
Dangerous Times With Kelly McEvers
The host of All Things Considered and Embedded reflects on her career as a war reporter and the roots of her new podcast.
Stretching the Truth With Maria Konnikova
The New Yorker writer returns to investigate whether stretching is really a warm up or a huge safety hazard.
Todd Barry Would Rather Be Drumming
Why stand-up is better than substitute-teaching but not as cool as playing the bongos.
See You in Court!
Lawfare’s Ben Wittes on some lingering questions about Trump’s new executive order on immigration.
Survey Says …
Toggling between red and blue Facebook to take the nation’s political temperature? There’s a better way.
Trump’s Azerbaijan Problem
The New Yorker’s Adam Davidson looked into one of the Trump Organization’s most questionable deals and found lots of red flags.
A Beautiful Health Care Plan, Just Terrific
Vox writer Sarah Kliff returns to break down the new health care bill.
Moneyball for the Israeli Military
In his latest book, Michael Lewis studies the Israeli psychologists who changed decision-making forever
The Fonz Talks About Fonts
Actor and author Henry Winkler on Happy Days and how he came to terms with dyslexia through his Hank Zipzer books.
The Year “Gangnam” Was Robbed
When everyone was spoofing “Call Me Maybe” and a Swedish song factory in Sweden was taking over the charts.
The Bard of Florida
Humorist Dave Barry stands up for the Sunshine State. Someone has to.
Coming to America With Maeve Higgins
The Irish comedian tells disparate, inspiring, scary tales of immigrants coming to America in her podcast.
A World Disorder Doctrine
Don’t worry about China. Do worry about North Korea. And reassure global allies. Foreign policy expert Richard Haas has some advice for the president.
Brad Meltzer delves into the story of Jim Henson’s life and legacy in the latest installment of his biography series for kids.
George Saunders’ American Ghosts
With his first novel, Saunders traverses the afterlife with Abraham Lincoln’s son.
An Experiment to Save Local News in Nevada
Veteran reporter Jon Ralston on his independent news startup and covering politics in the ultimate purple state.
On Saddam Hussein’s Case
Former CIA analyst John Nixon spent years studying former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein—his rise to power, his frustration with the U.S., his bad poetry.
Facing the News Like a Poker Champ
Guest host Maria Konnikova speaks with Annie Duke about how champion card players stay calm during hard times
Andy Zaltzman Is Back at Exactly the Right Time
The British satirist reboots his influential comedy show The Bugle, just in time for Brexit and a Trump White House.
Would a Narcissist Do This?
The good news is the president doesn’t have narcissistic personality disorder. The bad news is he seems to be inured to distress.
A Late Show for Grown-Ups
Chris Licht is helping to turn The Late Show With Stephen Colbert into the heir-apparent of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.
John Darnielle Talks About Words and Snakes
The Mountain Goats’ lead singer on his horror novel, Universal Harvester, and accidental creative inspiration.
David Frum Beseeches You to Focus
The Atlantic’s David Frum says Never Trumpers can’t afford to splinter apart now.
Oh, How This Feels Like Moscow
The Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe and BuzzFeed’s Miriam Elder pour out the contents of their reporters’ notebooks from Russia.
Elvis Costello’s High-Fidelity Life
In his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the Irish English music legend reflects on his place in music history.
Plus Jamais Le Fake News
Slate’s Will Oremus on how Facebook is tackling fake news ahead of the European elections.
An Obamacare Architect Speaks Out
Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Affordable Care Act and the right-ward tumble of politics in Kansas.
The Business of Corporate Protest
Adi Ignatius, editor of the Harvard Business Review, on how different business leaders are responding to the Trump presidency.
He Left the Hold Steady for Mongolia
Journeyman musician Franz Nicolay had done the big-band thing. He wanted to go solo. And he wanted to see Ulaanbaatar.
The Case of the Frozen Trucker
Emily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine breaks down the decisions and philosophy of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Inside the Biggest Pyramid Scheme Ever
Journalist Steve Fishman on interviewing Bernie Madoff.
The New Queens of Satire
The founders of Reductress imagine their latest project as a feminist’s how-to manual—written by the most ignorant feminists ever.
Up in the Air
Immigration lawyers are struggling to interpret the Trump White House’s travel ban. They’re flying blind.
Yeah, We’re Scared Too
Bush appointee Eliot Cohen told other conservatives to work with Trump’s State Department. One conversation changed his mind.
Fighting red tape is a winning political strategy for Republicans. How did that happen? Author Jacob Hacker explains.
Don’t Mind Us, We’re Just Collapsing
There’s never been a greater time to be alive. Does that mean we’re overdue for a downturn?
The Problem With Tracking Hate
Hate crimes are among the most undercounted offenses in the U.S. The Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to firm up a shoddy data set.
The Truth About Vitamin C
The New Yorker’s Maria Konnikova returns to discuss a vexing health question: How much vitamin C is actually good for you?
A Bet Against Reality
None of the conventions of politics stuck to President Donald Trump during his campaign. Will that change now that he’s in office?
The 12-Step Program of Highly Effective People
How comedian Nick Thune survived Alcoholics Anonymous, black-market therapy, and Seattle.
Trial by Firing Line
How conservative champion William F. Buckley argued with his friends, how he argued with his foes, and why he thought there should be no argument about Donald Trump.
Can The Democrats Obstruct Everything for Four ...
The Atlantic’s Norm Ornstein on the best way forward for Congressional Democrats facing Trump.
Jamelle Bouie on the Trump Cabinet
Slate’s chief political correspondent on Trump’s picks, from the mildly acceptable to the downright disturbing.
How Should We Talk About Whiteness?
Professor Marc Lamont Hill on how to have a real conversation about identity politics in the Trump era.
Twenty-Four Grueling Hours in Trumpland
Slate’s Fred Kaplan on Rex Tillerson’s hearing and the unverified dossier connecting Trump and Russia.
How the Onion Remade Joe Biden
Head writer Chad Nackers on how his satirical site turned the veep into a Trans Am–loving metal head.
The Secret to Meaningful Work
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely mines his research for lessons on happiness, employment, and the folly of common sense.
Guidelines out this week say toddlers should be exposed to peanuts early. Marion Nestle on the new science of kids and allergies.
The Paradox of Shaving
Maria Konnikova returns to take on one of life’s great mysteries: When you shave a lot, does your hair grow back faster?
Mara Wilson’s Post–Child Star Life
Between Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and Miracle on 34th Street, Wilson is a defining part of many childhoods. Her new book looks at life after early fame.
Ralph Nader’s Animal Instincts
The author and advocate on his new book, Animal Envy, and predictions for the Trump presidency.
Bob Boilen: Tiny Desk, Big Effect
The man who brought us NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, asked a bunch of musicians about their influences. Guess which artists picked their own songs?
Comedian Laurie Kilmartin has tips to help you boost your Twitter following and mourn your dying parent at the same time.
The Home Movie That Changed America
Abraham Zapruder captured a presidential assassination by accident. Now his granddaughter wrestles with his legacy.
LifeAfter’s Mac Rogers
Audio dramatist Mac Rogers discusses the resurgence of radio theater in the U.S. and his own work on the podcast drama, LifeAfter.
When There Was No Ducking Disco
Listening back to Billboard hits of 1976, the year that gave us the Disco Duck.
The Year of Bill Camp
The actor who brought us the “subtle beast” in HBO’s The Night Of imagines the Salem witch trials with a Long Island accent.
We’re Going Into Labor
Journalist Steven Greenhouse says union membership has plummeted in the past 50 years, and Democrats haven’t done enough to fight Republican-backed anti-labor measures.
Thank God for Hedonists
Work hard, play harder, build a global economy? Author Steven Johnson says frivolity, not necessity, is the mother of invention.
Sparks of international conflict are snuffed out around the world before we ever hear about it. How could that change under the Trump administration?
Do Strict Voter Laws Make a Difference?
Voting law expert Rick Hasen on the many ways Republican states try to suppress turnout.
We Could Use Jon Stewart Right Now
Chris Smith is the compiler of new oral history The Daily Show (The Book), which focuses on Stewart’s cultural legacy.
Putin Plays the Long Game
Obama’s second ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, on the Rex Tillerson nomination and how the U.S. should approach Russia post-hacking.
Let’s Talk About Rex
Houston Chronicle energy reporter James Osborne on Trump’s left-field pick for secretary of state.
Don’t Tell Kyle Kinane What To Do
The comedian from Netflix’s Love is still fuming about all those “I voted” stickers.
Getting Held Back in Racial Justice Class
What did the Black Lives Matter movement accomplish? Writer Jeff Chang reflects on a complicated year.
Boeing, Get Off My Plane!
Is $4 billion a lot for Air Force One? Or is Trump looking for savings in all the wrong places?
It’s Much Bigger Than O.J.
Ezra Edelman, director of the ESPN doc O.J.: Made in America, on how his film addresses race, class, the Los Angeles Police Department and celebrity culture.
The Blueprint for Trumpcare
Vox writer Sarah Kliff has read seven possible Republican health care plans. Here’s what she learned.
The Chaos Doctrine
Not so fast, neat freaks: The Undercover Economist explains how a cluttered space makes you work smarter.
Dissecting the Carrier Deal
Aaron Renn of the Manhattan Institute on Trump’s first deal as president-elect.
What’s Bunk About Brainstorming
Maria Konnikova wonders, “How about we touch base later and piggyback on a few of these ideas?”
Why Working People Left the Democrats
Author Thomas Frank says the Democratic Party deserted labor years ago, and he sees little sign of a course correction.
Stephen Dubner’s Genre-Busting Game Show
The Freakonomics journalist on his new podcast, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, where expert panelists are taken outside their comfort zones.
Revenge of the Music Nerds
Year after year, musicians like Chic and Joe Tex wither on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now the hall is inviting more critics to vote.
A Former Breitbart Star Takes On Steve Bannon
Ben Shapiro used to be a writer for Breitbart. Now, he’s an enemy of the alt-right.
Learning From the Fallout of Brexit
Comedian and BBC Radio host Josie Long comes to America with her new politically charged show Something Better.
The Incredible Failure of Get-Out-the-Vote
We thought Trump had a terrible ground game. And Clinton was expert at micro targeting. Sasha Issenberg tells us what went wrong.
Can Jared Kushner Really Get Top-Secret Intel?
Slate’s Fred Kaplan on the rumored Trump plan to give family members national security clearance.
A Show That Watches the Cops
TV journalist Dan Abrams on the controversial Live PD which follows cops in real time
The Liberal Hegemony of Pop Culture
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat on how conservatives feel alienated by late night TV and what we’ve learned about Republican voters.
This Is Your Brain on Political Correctness
In Campus Politics, history professor Jonathan Zimmerman argues that the marriage of psychology and political discourse has hurt our capacity for debate.
The Fault in Our Polls
FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten explains polling error, and Princeton’s Julian Zelizer puts the 2016 election in historical context.
New York Times columnist Gail Collins debunks the myth of the women’s vote, and NPR’s David Folkenflik says the media should step away from the polls.
What The Gist got wrong about the election.
More Rock, Less Talk
Puzzling through it all: the anti-Trump protests, the Trump economy, and of course, the Trump win.
It’s Morning in Trump’s America
How did the media botch this call? GOP strategist Mike Murphy hazards a guess. Plus, the New Yorker’s Adam Davidson explains the market turbulence surrounding the election.
Jamelle Bouie Sums It Up
Slate’s senior political correspondent on what to look for after the results start rolling in.
The Myth of the Hard-Luck Trump Voter
A lot of reporting claims Trump supporters aren’t racist, they’ve just fallen on hard times. Slate’s Michelle Goldberg says that’s not the full story.
Harry Enten Explains the FiveThirtyEight Numbers
Are you freaked out about Trump’s resurgent poll numbers? We called the senior reporter at FiveThirtyEight to calm our nerves.
A Tax on Both Their Houses
The New Yorker’s Adam Davidson looks back at the presidential campaign and its wasteland of tax policies.
Dominate the News, You Lose
Former Obama aide Tommy Vietor says one axiom holds true this election: The candidate in the headlines slips in the polls.
Spotlight on a (Very) Close Race
The race in New York’s 19th district has everything: celebrity, big money, name-calling, fracking, and a very uncertain outcome.
The Problem With Mark Kirk
The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn on how two races in Illinois could spell the end for moderate Republicans in Congress.
A Governor You Can Make a Beer With
Colorado’s brewer-turned-governor John Hickenlooper is waiting to see what comes of his state’s social experiment with legalized marijuana.
Mike Debates His Former Producer About Dating
Gist phenom Andrea Silenzi returns to introduce her new show, Why Oh Why, a podcast about dating and relationships.
Dan Savage Diagnoses Donald Trump
Are Trump’s sexual transgressions symptoms of his internalized heterophobia?
Adam Tries to Ruin a Horrible Election
In his new TV special, professional killjoy Adam Conover of Adam Ruins Everything takes on the 2016 campaign.
The Case Against Dropping College Debt
New Yorker contributing writer Adam Davidson says the country’s education system exacerbates inequality. But eliminating student loan payments wouldn’t help either.
Do the Best and Brightest Ever Become President?
Elliott Kalan used to be the head writer for The Daily Show. Now, he studies presidents. And guess what: Most of them weren’t very good.
Rapid Response: Cirque du Debate
Welcome, fellow voters, to the Punch and Judy show.
Jill Stein Pitches a Green Foreign Policy
The Green Party presidential candidate says de-escalating tensions with Russia should be our top priority. And neither major party candidate is up to the job.
How Do You Prep to Debate a Dumpster Fire?
Jonathan Prince has prepared several Democratic candidates before major debates. Here’s his advice for Hillary Clinton.
The Secret Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump
Ahead of the final debate, we check in with Jennifer Mercieca, an academic with the unenviable job of studying how Donald Trump uses language.
Inside "Late Night" With Amber Ruffin
The sketch writers sit here, the monologue writers sit there, and someone is probably wearing a dinosaur costume.
Why Don’t More Women Run for Congress?
Some people say there’s a bias against women running for political office. So gender and politics scholar Jennifer Lawless went looking for it.
Your Food Will Be Ready When You Look Hungry En...
Dan Pashman from The Sporkful compares the long lines of a legendary pizza place in Brooklyn and an exalted sausage joint in Chicago. Does a long wait enhance a meal?
Where Do Republicans Go From Here?
The National Review’s Reihan Salam looks at the conservative movement’s future after Donald Trump.
Rapid Response: The Town Hall Debate
Pundits said this was Trump’s chance to “stop the bleeding.” Isn’t the campaign already dead and bloating?
Rapid Response: Trump’s Comeuppance?
Television built him up, and television may well tear him down.
Phoebe Robinson Will Teach You How to Bae
The comedian, podcaster, and author of You Can’t Touch My Hair on collaboration, cultural sensitivity, and Queens versus the Bronx.
Fact-Checking Won’t Stop Trump
The Republican nominee is saying a falsehood every five minutes. Brendan Nyhan from Dartmouth College weighs in on the failure of fact-checking in the 2016 election.
Why Do We Use BMI to Measure Health?
Body Mass Index is imperfect. Is there a better way? We asked Maria Konnikova.
Rapid Response - The VP Debate
Talking about the Fracas in Farmville
Investigating Long Island’s Not-Deplorables
In WNYC’s “United States of Anxiety” series, Arun Venugopal explores the real people supporting Trump in the New York suburbs.
How Bad Is the Trump Tax Leak?
Tax expert Philip Hackney on Trump’s billion-dollar write-down.
Who Called Off the Pretension Police?
Simon Doonan and Mike wonder if, in the last 20 years, we’ve seen a decline in the negativity around pretentiousness.
The Rules According to Malcolm Gladwell
What was young Malcolm like? He obsessed over ad slogans. He collected car brochures. And he insisted on being every board game’s explainer in chief.
A Budding Storyteller Turns In His “Homework fo...
Moth champion Matthew Dicks hears from a Gist listener who took his top storytelling tip to heart: Jot down one idea every day.
Where’s the Beef in Trump’s Ground Game?
Donald Trump’s get-out-the-vote effort defies convention. Then again, so does the entire 2016 presidential campaign.
Rapid Response: The First Presidential Debate
The “debate of the century” was a bizarre bit of political theatre. But it was also deeply predictable.
This Debate Is Not the Super Bowl
The first presidential debate may be spectacular, but it lacks the final, unspinnable outcome of a sporting event.
Is Your Favorite World Oddity Wondrous Enough f...
Atlas Obscura’s first printed book is your guide to Cincinnati’s lost subway, Sweden’s nose museum, and the salt-cured mummies of Iran.
A How-Not-To Manual for Presidents
America’s 15th president was a committed waffler: James Buchanan refused to take a stance on the country’s wide-open question of slavery and helped usher in the Civil War.
How Filmmakers Faked the Moon Landing Inside Re...
Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller tricked America’s space agency into helping them with the new conspiracy mockumentary, Operation Avalanche.
Maureen Dowd Wants a Candidate Like H.W. Again
The New York Times columnist on her new book, The Year of Voting Dangerously, and what we’re missing about Donald Trump
How Do We Fix Down-Ballot Elections?
Gerrymandering, bathroom bills, and big money from the Koch brothers: Reid Wilson walks us through the state of state and local races.
“Mrs. Robinson,” “Hey Jude,” and Some Utter Sch...
1968 was a year of protest and political upheaval, but the Billboard charts were dominated by novelty hits and a singing Herb Alpert.
The Great Tightening, Explained
Recent polls show the gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is closing, but FiveThirtyEight analyst Harry Enten says Clinton still has a hefty lead.
Are Southpaws Really Criminals?
Maria Konnikova explains if being right- or left-handed determines how you think. Plus, Mike finds the one U.S. voter who likes both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Hillary’s Campaign Manager on Pneumonia, Swing ...
Robby Mook talks about Hillary Clinton’s tough week and the struggle to pin down Trump. Plus, the rise and fall of jai alai.
What Does the Charity World Think of the Clinto...
What kind of rep does it have in philanthropy, and does political power warp the giving economy?
Tony Kornheiser Will Make Fun of Your Pants
The host of The Tony Kornheiser Show is allergic to pretense, intrigued by podcasting, and disconcerted by Costco.
Courting Controversy With Drew Magary
Deadspin’s author of the “Why Your Team Sucks” series explains his approach to reporting on people he finds kind of horrifying.
Telling Jokes in the Age of Trigger Warnings
Comedian Karith Foster and director Ted Balaker take on the over-the-top reactions facing comedians on campus in Can We Take a Joke?
A GOP Apostate Explains Her Vote for Hillary
Kori Schake, a former Bush adviser, says a write-in vote for this year’s presidential election would be a waste.
The Year Nirvana Lost Out to Bryan Adams
1991 marked the beginning of a decade of musical narrowcasting. With Kurt Cobain and A Tribe Called Quest splitting the vote, Color Me Badd rose to the top.
Do You Rely on GPS? Thank Chuck E. Cheese and W...
In Pinpoint, Greg Milner chronicles how a conservative pundit, the military, and a pizza impresario made GPS ubiquitous.
A Sympathetic Serial Imposter
Joshua Marston’s new film, Complete Unknown, depicts a woman who can’t stop changing her identity.
There’s a Viking on the Delta
The lead singer of the Icelandic band Kaleo found his inspiration in the blues music of the Deep South.
The ’80s Really Were the Best
Hadley Freeman wondered why the movies of her 1980s childhood seemed so special. So she went back and asked her favorite actors and directors.
W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu Want Equal Time
The hosts of Politically Re-Active tend to agree on the issues that fascinate them. But they each want to say their piece.
Why We’ve Never Learned to Stop Worrying and Lo...
A painter, a Vietnam vet, and a nun walk into a nuclear storage facility. So begins Dan Zak’s fascination with the Pandora’s box of weaponry.
Women’s Gymnastics Gets the Hard-Boiled Treatment
Intense personalities, high stakes, and restrained rivalry: The world of women’s gymnastics is the perfect setting for a suspense novel.
Brazil’s Redeemer Has Subpoena Power
Slate’s Franklin Foer says there’s reason for optimism in Brazil, despite rampant corruption and chaos.
The Résumé Says “Loafer,” but the Loafers Screa...
Maria Konnikova digs into the psychological link between your clothes and your performance.
Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Followed the Fear ...
The creators of the film Don’t Think Twice have some very earnest observations about improv comedy and pursuing your dreams.
Should You Have Your Silver Medal Bronzed?
Mike bites down on a happiness study of bronze and silver medalists. Oh, does it bend.
John Dickerson Has a Follow-Up. He’s Willing to...
The host of Face the Nation on CBS has two competing theories about the 2016 presidential election.
Republicans Are Using Leeches to Cure Cancer
Stuart Stevens, Romney’s top strategist in 2012, says the GOP’s presidential nominee could make Republicans uncompetitive in national elections for a generation.
Playing the Spanish Card
UPenn professor Nelson Flores says, anecdotally, Tim Kaine’s Spanish skills seem to be the biggest hit among white liberals, not Latino voters.
History’s First Benedict Arnold
Who was the original Benedict Arnold? Why, it’s Benedict Arnold—as you’ll find out from spy novelist and history fanatic Brad Meltzer.
If It Feeds, It Leads
Facebook’s News Feed is the world’s most powerful purveyor of news. But how it assembles each person’s top stories remains a mystery.
Is Your Grill Killing You?
Faulty claims go up in smoke once Maria Konnikova weighs in.
Jessi Klein Says Women Are Dogs
The head writer for Inside Amy Schumer sorts women into two groups: poodles and wolves. She’s a wolf.
Diary of a Soon-to-Be-Freed Detainee
Guantánamo inmate Mohamedou Slahi has been cleared for release. Here’s The Gist’s never-aired 2015 interview with Larry Siems, who edited Slahi’s writings from the detention camp.
The Little-Known Story of Sabotage in the New Y...
July 30 marks the centenary of a major terrorist attack on the United States. Never heard of it?
AM Spiel: Hillary Takes the Mic
A Quick & Dirty Dissection of the DNC’s last day.
Celebrating the Nerd Mentality
The hosts of the Nerdette podcast bring their safe space to The Gist for a round of nerd confessions.
AM Spiel: No Room for Gloom
Would that all the country’s problems were as surmountable (and mockable) as Donald Trump.
Finally, a Pro-Kidnapping Film
Orange Is the New Black writer Sian Heder says her new film, Tallulah, stemmed from her experience as a nanny for wealthy moms in Los Angeles.
AM Spiel: Hillary, Humanized
Finally, it all makes sense: Bill Clinton’s presidency was guided by the Police Academy franchise.
Keep an eye out for the subtle stage-managing of the presidential nominating conventions.
AM Spiel: DNC Quick & Dirty Dissection, Day 1
Not a Chachi in the bunch.
Pity the Peckish Politician
The only thing they have to fear is food itself.
P.C. Policing the Border
Having a progressive fan base is equal parts exhilarating and maddening for comedian Hari Kondabolu.
AM Spiel: Points For Averting Disaster
Did Trump’s RNC speech persuade… anyone?
“Your Dog Smells My Dog”
Does a dog go crazy on you because he’s picking up the whiff of another canine? Maria Konnikova has the answers.
AM Spiel: Cruz Control
Ted Cruz’s cry to “vote your conscience” dealt another distraction to the chaos-loving Trump campaign.
In White Trash, author Nancy Isenberg delves into the history of class identities and our efforts to appropriate or shed them.
AM Spiel: RNC Rapid Response
What was the convention's Tuesday theme supposed to be, again? Lucifer something?
To Catch a Cartel
The Infiltrator is Hollywood’s treatment of the customs agent who burrowed deep inside Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering operation.
O Captain Fantastic!
Early films by director Matt Ross explored carnivorous armchairs. His latest movie—about a headstrong father and his children—is a bit more grounded.
And We Never Looked at Music the Same Way Again
The year of MTV’s launch brought us aerobic-chic, urban cowboys, and the one song you hear at every wedding.
The Ungeheuerlich Mr. Johnson
Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom’s new top diplomat, in all his un-bleeped glory.
Type A Anonymous
Maria Konnikova sizes up the old saw: “I’m a little Type A.”
Art That Makes You Angry
This is your brain on political ads.
A Kamikaze Mission to Jupiter
Scientist Summer Ash explains the interstellar choreography of the Juno spacecraft mission and what we hope to learn from it.
The Life and Death of Aaron Swartz
Author Justin Peters on the impatient child prodigy of the free-culture movement.
It Was the Best of Timesheets, It Was the Worst...
For novelist J. Bradford Hipps, the modern office space is rich territory when it comes to human drama.
Mister Postman, Lower Your Price Points for Me
Your trusty postal service used to traffic in children and politicians’ dirty laundry.
Reduce, Reuse, and Re-Evaluate
Recycling: It’s the dominant moralism of our time. Is it bull?
Fantastic Negrito Returns
Xavier Dphrepaulezz has had a good year.
Wyatt Cenac Wants Kermit the Frog’s Job
The comedian’s stand-up showcase aspires to be the next Muppet Show. Without the puppets.
Poll Analysis From a Spiritual 60-Year-Old
Harry Enten explains the new 2016 election prediction from FiveThirtyEight.
Do the Dead-Cat Bounce
Looking for a silver lining in the Brexit vote.
The Brexit vote let supporters of the “Leave” campaign stick it to the elites. What’s the value of their collective primal scream?
Billboard Hits From 1964
On a day of British retreat, we ponder the British Invasion.
The Character Actor’s Studio
Coping with Star Trek makeup and other tips from René Auberjonois.
If You Build It, Alonzo and Alie Will Come
Alonzo Bodden and Alie Ward explain "How to Build … Everything."
Can Boris Fool Britannia?
Tracing the parallels between Boris Johnson’s calls for the Brexit and Donald Trump’s rise.
Brexit Stage Right
Is this the best you got, Team Leave?
Charmed and Disgusted With Dave Hill
You might say he saw the whole Trump phenomenon coming.
We Are Never Ever Joining Quail Forever
Probing the limits of Quail Unlimited.
Against All Owls
Maria Konnikova delves into the research on chronotypes.
You’re Not the Real Trump
Impersonating the most imitated man in America.
Shut Your Lie Hole
Interrogation expert Lena Sisco is on to you.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ali
The consummate boxer, Muhammad Ali stood alone in the ring, alone when he converted to Islam, and alone when he denounced the Vietnam War.
Hoping Tevye Gets a Cold
The man who plays Mordcha the Innkeeper (and subs for Tevye) in Fiddler on the Roof followed in his late father’s footsteps when he joined the cast of the Broadway musical.
The Gangbanger Who Switched Sides
He went from dealing crack to busting dealers.
How the Post Office Cured “Going Postal”
Newspapers coined the term to refer to mail carriers gone berserk.
Chuck Klosterman Is Wrong! (He Says.)
Even the stickiest ideas can slip into oblivion.
Tim Heidecker Is Tired of Being Meta
His comedy dumps on the mainstream. His music is a bit more earnest.
The Myth of Kitty Genovese’s Murder
A man looks for answers after the famous story of his sister’s murder is debunked.
An appeal to Ghostbusters purists.
Are Skim Drinkers Milking It?
Maria Konnikova gets to the bottom of skim vs. whole milk.
You Can’t Handle the Spoof
Grounded absurdity in "Filthy Preppy Teen$."
Suing the Saudis
Sen. Chuck Schumer says victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks should be able to take the Saudi Arabian government to court for their alleged involvement.
Trump Anxiety Hotline Reconvenes
Our trained experts can help you turn down the Trumpeting.
Gov. John Hickenlooper Gets His Ass in Gear
Colorado’s highest-ranking brewmaster says government should consider measuring joy as well as unemployment.
Kevin Spacey Is a Cat
Breaking down the film cliché of workaholic dads who reconnect with their children.
If the Dog Turns Left, Think Novel
How storyteller Matthew Dicks maximizes every second of his day—from meals to showers to dog walking.
The Whigs Were Right
The hosts of the BackStory podcast join us to discuss the #NeverLincoln movement and other historical parallels.
When a Joke Almost Works Too Well
Trying not to let a quality bit become a crutch.
Enlightened Titans of Industry
Big business is taking up the LGBTQ vanguard. Is that a problem?
Saving Paul Ryan
He went in for the handshake. Tianna Gaines-Turner gave him a hug.
In the Spiel, Mike focus-groups Jabba the Hutt and Princess Leia.
Did the Media Create Trump?
Or were they just manipulated by him? NPR’s David Folkenflik debates our host.
I'll Know Porn Addiction When I See It
Maria Konnikova explains what all of those pizza delivery guys and naughty nurses are doing to our brains.
Neither Frightened Nor Rabbit
Scottish frontman Scott Hutchison explains how songwriting helps him sort his messiest, darkest thoughts.
He’s Not Pivoting
When you give opposing answers to the same questions, that’s called contradicting yourself.
A Rob Reiner-mentary if You Will
We discuss father-son relationships in Being Charlie and the birth of the mockumentary genre in This Is Spinal Tap.
Trump as Napalm
Why some conservative thinkers are excited for the scorched Earth that will be left in the wake of the presumptive nominee.
Why do we call it progress when convicted felons get the right to vote, but not when this specific felon expresses his particular vote?
The End of Conventional Wisdom in Politics
No one thought the individual donor–funded campaign for a democratic socialist would get this far… especially Bernie Sanders.
Buzz Aldrin! He Walked on the Moon!
“I want to hear a destination, an objective, a time period, and a plan,” Buzz Aldrin tells The Gist.
Behind the Scenes at Wait Wait
Hear what happens when you put two public radio nerds in a room—a lot of insightful shoptalk.
The National Emergency We Call Donald Trump
Slate’s Jacob Weisberg joins us to share favorite moments from the first month of Trumpcast.
The So-Called “So-Called Acela” Primary
In the Spiel, the two men who mangled their already impossible chances of pulling off a victory.
Bathroom President Ted Cruz
Today’s the day for making accords with the Texas senator, and we’re prepared to offer him his own kingdom.
How Prince defined the sound of the ’80s, even when his name wasn’t on the records.
The Energy Crisis and the End of American Liber...
What the energy crisis in the ’70s taught Americans about government.
Did Bernie Pull Hillary to the Left?
Is Bernie Sanders part of a long Democratic tradition of progressive insurgency?
Get a Life ... Coach
These days even life coaches have life coaches, but are they effective?
Bill Clinton’s Advance Man Tells All
Josh King joins us to explain why the visuals and headlines are becoming increasingly important for political campaigns. For the Spiel, what happened after the Google Play app introduced Mike to ’90s agro anthems.
Billboard Hits From 1986
Chris Molanphy helps count down the Billboard hits from 1986 that marked a significant pivot in music history. For the Spiel, favorite moments from Friday night’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn.
Hurry Up and Fast
Is spending a day without food the ultimate weight-loss trick? Maria Konnikova explains what researchers have found when the looked into the health benefits of fasting. For the Spiel, honoring the breakfast cereal spokes-things tradition.
An Interesting and Beautiful Day
David Plotz from Atlas Obscura offers advice for creating your own adventures on Saturday, April 16 for this weekend’s Obscura Day. For the Spiel, why we’re not impressed by the depth of your worldview, Mark Zuckerberg.
Pinocchio’s Got a Gun
Bernie and Hillary are exchanging shots over gun control. Who should we believe? Plus, we use Yodely Guy to discuss the latest from Goldman Sachs. Then, let’s dive deep into Wyoming delegate math with Aimee Van Cleave from the Wyoming Democratic Party.
It’s Time We Talk About Wolverines
It’s time you knew the truth about the fierce demon of the North, the wolverine. Plus, learn the definition of an “S.O.B. flag” when we visit Vexillology Corner with our favorite vexillologist Ted Kaye.
Twisted F--king Sister
What the cross-dressing glam band learned from a decade spent clawing its way out of Long Island. Jay Jay French and director Andrew Horn join us to tell the story behind a new Twisted Sister documentary. For the Spiel, the Lobstar of the Antentwig.
If I Were Hillary
On Ep. 471, a clever strategy for preventing a full Zika virus epidemic—genetically modified mosquitos. We’ll speak with Nina Fedoroff. For the Spiel, Mike imagines what life would look like if he were held to the same standards as Hillary Clinton.
Burning Down Bernie’s Momentum
Is it momentum or just primary results from a certain collection of states with very few black people? For the Spiel, why Wisconsin’s primary results tell us so little about who the Democrats want as a nominee.
You’re Getting Very Sleepy
Maria Konnikova explains what makes hypnosis especially challenging to study
Jon Ronson, Imam of Shame
When the Internet gangs up to publicly shame an individual, what’s that really about?
The Hamilton Rule
Zoe Chace speaks with Republicans who despise Hillary Clinton but plan to vote for her because of Alexander Hamilton.
Abolitionist Heroes Lost to History
We discuss American abolitionism as an activist social movement with historian Manisha Sinha.
Are The Winter Blues BS?
Climb under a therapy light and pop some vitamin D as Maria Konnikova renders her verdict on seasonal affective disorder.
The Huge Lingering Why
San Bernardino investigators know the who, what, and where, but will the culprit’s iPhone tell us why?
40 Years for Genocide
After hiding in plain sight for years, this Bosnian War criminal’s sentence has made him a symbol for anti-Serb conspiracy theories.
The Height of Clinton-Era Pop Music
Remembering Billboard hits from 1999, when MTV’s Total Request Live was huge, and our biggest pop stars were teenagers.
Crazy Funny with Sara Benincasa, Chris Gethard,...
It’s official. All comedians but Seinfeld are insane. (And maybe Seinfeld.)
1,145 Police Killings
We have terrible statistics from the Justice Department about police killings in America, so a team of Guardian journalists started their own count.
When Words Change World Events
Use your words, but don’t forget to use spellcheck, too.
The Secret Genius of the T-Shirt Cannon
We tear apart and affirm some of the most notorious myths about the power of sports over our brains.
A Triumph of Small Talk
Slate’s Ruth Graham demonstrates a crucial social lubricant while telling us about the weather.
Are The Dangers of GMOs BS?
Maria Konnikova explains the real effects of genetically modified Frankenfood on humanity.
All Things Horse Race
As the Super Tuesday 2 results roll in, here’s everything you ever wondered but were too afraid to ask Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight.
The Duke Lacrosse Case, 10 Years Later
The new ESPN documentary Fantastic Lies left out one of its interviewees, author William D. Cohan. We bring you our interview with him from 2014.
The Year of Travolta
In 1978, even the Rolling Stones had a disco hit. We discuss the year the center of culture slipped away from the rockers.
Slate’s Fred Kaplan joins us to share the secret history of U.S. cyberwarfare.
The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
Our host once had a dream where Joe Biden told him to “go diagonal.” What could it mean?
What Detroit Gave America
Author David Maraniss tells the story of the city that brought us cars, Motown, the labor movement, and the civil rights movement.
Is Torture Ever Worthwhile?
On The Gist, can we use game theory to make the case for or against the use of torture during an investigation? We explore various models compiled in Does Torture Work? with our guest John Schiemann from Fairleigh Dickinson University. For the Spiel,...
Adam Davidson Makes Negative Interest Rates Pos...
On The Gist, Adam Davidson explains the latest experimental development of a desperate economy—negative interest rates. Davidson is columnist for the New York Times Magazine and host of a new podcast with Adam McKay called Surprisingly...
Would I Be Happier in an Arranged Marriage?
On The Gist, the story behind the so-called Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times.” Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker tells us about international efforts to find the recipe for a happy, lasting marriage. She’s...
Trump’s Tiny Little Lead
On The Gist, Josh Putnam from Frontloading HQ explains what last night’s Super Tuesday results mean when you do the delegate math. He’s a lecturer at the University of Georgia, where he specializes in campaigns and elections. For the...
This Podcast Is for Losers
On The Gist, do we have more to learn from losers than winners? Huffington Post senior politics editor Sam Stein joins us to share the stories behind his podcast Candidate Confessional. For the Spiel, Mike reveals his workout secrets.
Bernie Down the House
On The Gist, writer Matt Bruenig makes the case for electing Bernie Sanders and explains why the candidate’s top economic advisors say his policies could bring 5.3 percent gross national product growth. For the Spiel, a post-Oscars joke...
Chappelle's Show Co-Creator Neal Brennan
On The Gist, we speak with the brilliant comic mind Neal Brennan about his new one-man comedy show 3 Mics. It’s showing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York City through mid-March. For the Spiel, a crazy 24 hours in presidential politics....
What’s Next for #OscarsSoWhite?
On The Gist, why the Oscars matter to the future of Hollywood. We discuss the ideas behind #OscarsSoWhite with Slate’s Aisha Harris and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. Aisha recently wrote “Why Creed’s Best Picture Snub...
On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker explains Sigmund Freud’s lasting contributions to psychiatry and castration anxiety everywhere. She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, we dive into whale news from...
On The Gist, Adam Davidson explains why he’s rarely enthusiastic about any politicians. How does he feel about experimentations with the American economy proposed by Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders? He’s a columnist for the New York Times...
Is Bernie’s Agenda More Than Imaginary?
On The Gist, an important update on the Brexit. Then, William Galston joins us to discuss the practical considerations for executing a Bernie Sanders agenda. Can it be done from the executive branch alone? Galston is a senior fellow in Governance...
Hillary’s Chances in Nevada
On The Gist, Slate’s Will Oremus joins us for a round of “One Question, One Question Only” about Apple’s battle with the U.S. government. Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight uses his polling expertise to explain what’s ahead...
We Knew You’d Listen
On The Gist, we knew you were going to listen to this episode about ESP. Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker joins us for a game we call, “Is That Bulls---?” She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, Donald...
Are You a Super-Encounterer?
On The Gist, Pagan Kennedy explains how writing the New York Times Magazine column “Who Made That?” led her to discover interesting similarities among many inventors. She’s the author of Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That...
Glory Be to Kanye
On The Gist, a special guest host with some words of wisdom for job applicants. Slate’s Forrest Wickman explains the complexity of Kanye West as an artist and helps dissect the track “Ultralight Beam” from his new album The...
Acclaimed Actor David Morse
On The Gist, actor David Morse tells us about his role as Big Foster in Outsiders, a new TV series from WGN America. For the Spiel, Mike finds a new appreciation for the furry-hooded coat.
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Mike and Frank Take the Stage
On The Gist, Matthew Dicks and your host record the show in the wee hours of the night, after seeing a Bruce Springsteen concert. They’ll present two stories from the Story Collider storytelling night at the Kraine Theater in New York. The first...
Should We Fear Domestic Terrorism?
On The Gist, the daughter of a Fort Hood victim explains how she became friends with the shooter’s cousin. We’ll speak with the HBO documentary Homegrown’s filmmaker Greg Barker and subjects Kerry Cahill (the daughter), Nader Hasan...
Is Marijuana Making You Stupid?
On The Gist, Mike’s thoughts on the P-word. Then, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker tells us about the challenge of doing a controlled trial on a controlled substance. She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, Mike...
Why We Still Care About O.J.
Murder is one of the most venerable subjects of journalism and drama. What was it about the O.J. trail that still entertains? On The Gist. reporter Jeffrey Toobin explains the case’s lasting significance. He’s the author of The Run of His...
What Time Does the Super Bowl Start?
On The Gist, Slate’s Justin Peters shares his observations from watching every Super Bowl in history over the course of two months. He’s the author of The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet. For the Spiel,...
What’s a Vote Worth?
On The Gist, Mike identifies the greatest depiction of a zebra in mass media. Here’s the video. The, Dan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast explains how sound influences taste. For the Spiel, if a candidate offered to pay you 2,800 for your vote,...
Are Lots of Little Babies Synesthetes?
On The Gist, we don’t mention Iowa once! First, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker separates the gold-tinted truth from the rubber-scented fiction when it comes to synesthesia. She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the...
On The Gist, listener C. Andrew Frank shares his experience caucusing in Iowa last night. Plus, Slate’s Jamelle Bouie explains what the Iowa results tell us, if anything. For the Spiel, how to discuss Iowa better in the media.
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Finally Forgetting Iowa
On The Gist, Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay shares a landmark moment from his cancer recovery—getting annoyed in line at Starbucks. He’s the author of Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living. For the Spiel, the one...
Seeing Yourself in "Spotlight"
On The Gist, a best-of episode to welcome new listeners who heard our host on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me this weekend. First, the film Spotlight depicts serious investigative journalism without the usual guns, car chases, and explosions. We speak...
Obama Did What?
On The Gist, has the bully pulpit been in the hands of a poor communicator? Michael Grunwald from Politico joins us to discuss Obama’s lesser-known accomplishments as discussed in his article “The Nation He Built.” He’s the...
Jesse Eisenberg, Part 2
Yesterday on The Gist, Jesse Eisenberg performed his story “Marv Albert is My Therapist” alongside your host. Today, they’ll discuss his story collection Bream Gives Me Hiccups and why Eisenberg is drawn to writing dialogue. For the...
Jesse Eisenberg, Part 1
While researching Ronald Reagan for his new biography, Slate's Jacob Weisberg grew to appreciate the 40th president’s original mind and dedication to writing every day. As he explains on today’s Gist, "We’d give that guy a column in...
Did Track Palin Get Off Easy?
On The Gist, what factors determine how a domestic abuser is charged? We ask attorney adviser Jane Anderson from AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women. For the Spiel, much more ridiculousness in politics from Donald Trump...
The Creative Duo Behind "Billions"
On The Gist, guests Brian Koppelman and David Levien explain why they stopped making easy TV-show deals with networks. For Billions, the longtime creative duo decided to take the time to write the show they wanted to make on spec. Their series...
Paleo and Palin
On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker examines the benefits of eating the “Paleo” diet for a game we call “Is That Bulls--t?” She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, can Sarah...
Changing More Than a Mayor
On The Gist, Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn explains the likelihood that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel will resign, and suggests a possible plan B for protestors. For the Spiel, what we do and don’t need to know about presidential candidates...
The Former Poet Laureate to Kim Jong-il
On The Gist, we bring you two favorite segments from the past year. First, a look at how propaganda thrives in North Korea from the perspective of Kim Jong-il’s former poet laureate, Jang Jin-sung. He’s the author of Dear Leader: Poet,...
How to Spot a Con Artist
On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker explains how the best con artists make their victims emotionally invested. She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, all the self-flagellation Ted Cruz thinks was missing...
Winning Powerball Numbers
On The Gist, the phrase you should listen for during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. Then, researcher Gordon Pennycook explains lessons from his study “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit.” For the...
Sea Lion, Smell Lion
Disruption eruption, what’s your function? On The Gist, Harvard Business Review editor Adi Ignatius explains what actually makes a business a disruptor. For the Spiel, San Diego sea lion crap, The Gist annotated edition.
Where Genius Is Born
On The Gist, traveler Eric Weiner joins us to discuss why certain cities throughout history have been ripe for cultivating our most creative thinkers. He’s the author of The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative...
The Heavily Guarded Facebook Algorithm
On The Gist, Slate’s Will Oremus explains who’s really controlling your Facebook feed. He recently wrote a cover story based on a visit to Menlo Park, California, where even his trips to the bathroom were supervised. For the Spiel, Mike...
Exercise Fad B.S.
On The Gist, a gift for your New Year’s resolutions. Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker tells us what research has been done into various popular exercise methods. She’s the author of The Confidence Game, now available for...
Near-Death Winter Tales with Matthew Dicks
On The Gist, professional storyteller Matthew Dicks tells a story to demonstrate how to tell better stories. We’ll learn why it’s important to give your story a setting in the physical world. He’s the author of The Perfect Comeback...
Terrorists or Nudniks?
On The Gist, how significant is the impact of the shale revolution on the international oil markets? We ask Robert Weiner, professor of international business at George Washington University. For the Spiel, Mike wonders what we should call the armed...
The 8 New Billboard Hits of 2015
This year, many of us were consuming the same big songs at the same time. On The Gist, music writer Chris Molanphy explains how 2015 continues a modern trend toward a shared pop music monoculture. Chris writes Slate’s Why Is This Song No. 1...
On The Gist, Gretchen Rubin explains what self-knowledge has to do with forming lasting habits. To identify your core tendency, try filling out her quiz here. She’s the author of Better Than Before and hosts the Happier Podcast, a...
On The Gist, Dan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast explains the food science behind why we’re more in the mood for a lemony Blood Mary this week instead of a creamy glass of eggnog. If you’re going to serve eggnog anyway, there’s a...
The 12 Days of Trumpmas
On The Gist, the big news from Zimbabwe. Then, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker what can be done to fight off a common cold. Maria’s new book The Confidence Game is now available for preorder. For the Spiel, we welcome friendly...
Presidential Candidates on Half-Speed
On The Gist, a look back at major news stories made possible by data leaks and analysis. Too bad there’s no award for data … or is there? Jody Avirgan from the FiveThirtyEight podcast What’s the Point joins us to share the winners...
The Ultimate Star Wars Spoiler Is Star Wars
On The Gist, Mike has a song in his heart about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Listeners sensitive to Mike’s singing should tune out around 25:40. But first, has conceal-and-carry helped armed civilians defend themselves against criminals with...
What Is It About Adele’s Voice?
On The Gist, music writer Chris Molanphy explains what’s made Adele’s new album 25 an epic success. It is her voice or the cult of Adele? Chris writes Slate’s Why Is This Song No. 1 column. For the Spiel, a Bruce Springsteen bootleg...
Fusilli, You Crazy Bastard!
On The Gist, a few glib chortles are exchanged about the venerable institution of New Yorker cartoons. Director Leah Wolchok joins us to discuss her film Very Semi-Serious. For the Spiel, wouldn’t it be great to live in the world that the...
Gihad for the Calif8
On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker explains how our birth order influences personality and intelligence for a game we call “Is That Bulls--t?” Does IQ go down after the firstborn? Her new book, The...
May the Pastiche Be With You
On The Gist, Slate’s Forrest Wickman explains the many layers that a casual visitor to the Star Wars universe might miss. He recently wrote the cover story “Star Wars Is a Postmodern Masterpiece” for Slate....
Do We Get the Government We Deserve?
On The Gist, we talk about the weather. Then, Mary Lane from the Wall Street Journal will discuss the new show at the Detroit Institute of Arts called “30 Americans” on display through Jan. 18. Plus, author Amy Koppelman joins us to...
Dollar Strong, Euro Weak
On The Gist, we call in Adam Davidson to explain the frustratingly tepid action of the European Central Bank amid Europe’s economic crises. Davidson is a contributor to the New York Times Magazine and host of a new podcast with...
How Stand-Up Got Its Name
On The Gist, historian Kliph Nesteroff shares a few favorite tales from comedy’s mobster past. He’s the author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy. For the Spiel, the ordinary American focus...
Is Cryotherapy BS?
On The Gist, the incredibly cool Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker looks into the dearth of research into cryotherapy for a game we call “Is That Bulls--t?” Her new book, The Confidence Game, is now available for...
Woodrow Wilson’s Racist Legacy
On The Gist, professor Julian Zelizer joins us to discuss how to understand Woodrow Wilson in the context of his time, and how Princeton is grappling with that legacy today. He’s the author of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress,...
Jon Glaser as Neon Joe
On The Gist, actor Jon Glaser explains how a one-off joke on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon led to his new miniseries Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter. The new show premiers Monday, Dec. 7 at midnight on Adult Swim. For the Spiel, a look into the...
The Amazing Self-Restraint of the Pro-Life Move...
On The Gist, we welcome back past guest and Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer to discuss the likelihood of new gun control legislation. Then, Slate’s Will Saletan joins us to assess the current state of the abortion debate, a decade...
"If Syed Leaves the Party, Call the Cops"
On The Gist, Mike discusses the fast-moving field of cancer research with doctor Vincent T. DeVita, and his daughter, science writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn. Together they wrote The Death of Cancer. For the Spiel, a rhyming response to Keith...
Unwrapping Holiday BS
On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker rounds up the holiday season’s most tedious myths for a game we call “Is That Bulls--t?” Her new book, The Confidence Game, is now available for preorder....
Thank God This Guy’s President
On The Gist, Slate’s Fred Kaplan explains how recent GOP rhetoric plays perfectly into the bad guys’ plans. He’s the author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War and 1959: The Year...
Is Income Inequality Our Biggest Problem?
On The Gist, the real reason why government programs like Medicaid and food stamps show little to no impact on the poverty rate. We get into the specifics with Vox editor Ezra Klein. Check out his new podcast The Weeds, from Panoply. For the Spiel,...
The Parents of Jordan Davis
On The Gist, a parent’s worst nightmare. Three years ago this week, Ron Davis and Lucia McBath’s 17-year-old son was shot while Black Friday shopping with his friends. The HBO documentary 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets tells the story of...
The Current Standing of Standing Desks
On The Gist, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to stand up to tell us about dangers of sitting. She’s the author of The Confidence Game, now available for preorder. For the Spiel, Mike examines the spooky,...
From Carson’s Couch to Nixon’s Enemies List
On The Gist, comedian David Steinberg joins us to share favorite tales from his life making comedy history. His new show is called The David Steinberg Podcast. For the Spiel, Mike takes on the manhunt for Saleh Abdeslam in...
Playwright David Hare
Screenwriter and dramatist David Hare has written about the Chinese revolution, the U.S. financial crisis, privatization of the railways, and now, finally, his own story. On The Gist, the award-winning playwright will discuss on his new memoir The...
Psychic Spies and the CIA
On The Gist, reporter Jim Popkin tells us about his Newsweek cover story, “Meet the Former Pentagon Scientist Who Says Psychics Can Help American Spies.” For the Spiel, advice for the 31 state governors who say they’ll not be taking...
Only 10% of Our Brains?
On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker examines how we utilize our grey matter for a segment we call “Is That Bulls--t?” Her new book, The Confidence Game, is now available for preorder. For the Spiel, why Fox News...
150 Foiled Terrorism Plots
On The Gist, a look at what technologies have been the most helpful in deterring another major terrorist attack. Our guest Dr. Gary LaFree is the director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a Department...
Was Paris a Tactical Mistake?
Immediately after the Paris attacks, French President François Hollande called the terrorism “an act of war.” Then on Meet the Press, White House staffer Ben Rhodes went further, saying, “We’ve been at war with ISIS for...
A Devastating Film About Facing Adulthood
On The Gist, director Josh Mond and actor Christopher Abbott join us in studio to discuss their film James White. During our chat, we’ll learn that Mond’s influences include González Iñárritu, Joachim Trier and the...
Have we failed to critically celebrate heavy-handedness? On The Gist, Slate’s Forrest Wickman explains when subtlety works to the detriment of a work of art. He recently wrote the cover story “Against Subtlety” for Slate. For the...
Is 35 the Ovum/under?
On The Gist, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to examine the research into the link between age and fertility for men and women. She’s the author of The Confidence Game, now available for preorder. For the...
The Great Compromiser
On The Gist, author Harlow Giles Unger tells us about the great compromiser of America’s formative years, former Speaker of the House Henry Clay. Read more in Unger’s book Henry Clay: America's Greatest Statesman. For the Spiel, a look at...
Why Trump Wasn’t Funny on SNL
On The Gist, a show about art and prostitutes up now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Wall Street Journal’s Mary M. Lane will share her highlights from “New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic,...
Chaka Khan vs. Deep Purple vs. The Smiths
On The Gist, music writer Chris Molanphy explains why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is often frustratingly arbitrary. For example, the millions of fan votes from their website count as much toward the impact on the final selection process as the vote...
Ben Carson: The Doctor Is In Tune
On The Gist, a new show at Musée d’Orsay in Paris is the first to tell the story of prostitution in art, 1850–1910. Our guest Mary Lane from the Wall Street Journal will share the highlights. Then, we check back in with...
Bacon Makes Everything Better, Except Your Colon
On The Gist, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker about her beef with the World Health Organization. Their recent headlines draw attention to a link between processed meats and cancer risk. Is that bulls--t? Maria’s new book The...
Prisoner Rehabilitation Is Not That Easy
When thinking about America’s prison problem, at some point we’re going to have to begin asking how we’re going to treat violent offenders differently. On The Gist, Fordham law professor John Pfaff joins us for the rest of our...
Ending Mass Incarceration Is Not That Easy
If you’re 42 or younger, you’ve never lived in a safer America than today. But if you were alive in 1960, today’s crime rates are twice as high as they were then. Could that be why older politicians are resisting prison reform? On...
Played by Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and M...
On The Gist, the film Spotlight depicts serious investigative journalism without the usual guns, car cases, and explosions. We speak with subjects from the film including journalists Walter “Robby” Robinson (played by Michael Keaton),...
An Unforgettable Technique for Telling Riveting...
On The Gist, professional storyteller Matthew Dicks tells a story about how to tell better stories. It all comes down to the stakes. For the Spiel, a moment in the CNBC GOP debates draws attention to the use of “that” and “who”...
Is Salt Still Bad for You?
For many Americans, the salt you sprinkle on your steak has less of an impact on daily sodium intake than what you pour into your … cereal bowl? On The Gist, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to examine the...
Unnatural … Pauses in “NPR Voice”
On The Gist, should we fear a league of robots taking away our teaching jobs? Slate’s Will Oremus explains why even the smartest teaching tools still need a teacher’s guiding hand. He recently wrote the feature “No More Pencils, No...
Why Jeff Bezos Went From No. 1 to No. 87
On The Gist, why the Harvard Business Review’s list of top-performing CEOs has adopted a new formula. The magazine’s editor Adi Ignatius explains why this year’s rankings decided to factor in ESG, the catchall term used to discuss a...
Sarah Vowell on Marquis de Lafayette
On The Gist, Sarah Vowell tells us about Gen. Lafayette, the French teen who befriended George Washington and became a symbol for the French alliance during the American Revolution. Her new book is called Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. In...
Less of a Hearing, More of a Talking
On The Gist, Jill Duffy from the Productivity Report joins us to share a few tricks for gaming your inbox. Then, Jen Rustemeyer from Peg Leg Films shares what she learned from eating garbage in her documentary Just Eat It. For the Spiel, Mike dives...
Padding Your Résumé for President
What part of a governor’s economic impact scales at a national level? On The Gist, Ben Casselman from FiveThirtyEight offers a new criterion from his article, “How To Evaluate The Economic Records of Governors Who Want to Be...
They Finally Won
On The Gist, learn why WNYC’s Ilya Marritz decided to profile the Columbia University Lions for a new show called The Season. Plus, we’ll hear from the team’s co-captain and star running back Cameron Molina about how a new coach is...
Giving the Freedom Caucus Its Due
Are conservatives making a horrible mistake … in branding? On The Gist, Slate’s Reihan Salam shares his ideas for how the Republican Party could change the conversation to better match its supporters’ priorities. For the...
1971: When the ’70s Started Sounding Like the ’70s
On The Gist, we travel back to the year Mike Pesca and music writer Chris Molanphy were born. Learn why the Billboard Hits from 1971 stand the test of time, winter, spring, summer, or fall. Chris writes Slate’s Why Is That Song No. 1...
Munitions and Menstruation
Immediately upon learning that there’s such a thing as a menstrual cup, Mike Pesca had to ask Slate’s L.V. Anderson to explain. Learn why the DivaCup and Keeper Cup are growing in popularity, and why a new Kickstarter campaign for the...
The Clinton Cadence
On The Gist, did you see the post-debate footage where Bernie Sanders threw his body in front of a surging horde of reporters and saved NBC’s Andrea Mitchell from being flattened, if not scooped? This and other favorite moments from last...
All the President’s Body Men
On The Gist, we bring you a Pesca-moderated panel recorded live from Politicon in Los Angeles. Panelists include actor Tony Hale, who plays a body man on TV, and Reggie Love, a real-life body man for six years. We’ll learn what goes into their...
Our First Latino Poet Laureate
On The Gist, some truths and lies about the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Then, we’re honored to welcome the United State’s new national Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. As a bilingual, first-generation immigrant, Herrera explains...
The Gist Live: Craig Finn from the Hold Steady
On The Gist, the last of three episodes recorded at our live show in Brooklyn, New York. From the stage of the Bell House, Mike asks Craig Finn from the Hold Steady about a literary device his songs share with the Bible, Milton, and...
The Gist Live: Making Interest Rates Interesting
On The Gist, the second of three episodes recorded at our live show in Brooklyn, New York. From the stage of the Bell House, Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight uses his poling expertise to explain Trump’s real chances at the presidency. Then, Adam...
The Gist Live: Samantha Bee
On The Gist, the first of three episodes recorded at our live show in Brooklyn, New York. From the stage of the Bell House, Mike Pesca accepts an award from Slate’s Julia Turner and a drink from bartender Chris Wertz, author of Brooklyn...
O Say Can You Shut The Hell Up
On The Gist, Mike explains why a Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich won’t be bringing him back to Starbucks for a while. Then Alex Marshall responds to The Gist calling him “Sir Twiddle Twaddle” in a previous episode and...
Campus Assault Surveys Say Too Little
If women going to a certain foreign country had a 30 percent chance of sexual assault, would we send our daughters there? How is college any different? On The Gist, Slate’s Emily Yoffe explains why the grim portrait painted by the new...
Field of Screens
On The Gist, Mike reviews how Lena Dunham and Hillary Clinton conspired to make him look at something he can never un-see. Then, Mike O'Malley joins us to discuss the new season of Survivor’s Remorse on Starz. For the Spiel, the most viewed...
Cred And Ginger
On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker shares what’s she’s learned from research into ginger’s super food status. For the Spiel, hear a performance from last night’s live Gist from Moth champ and professional...
Pencil Shavings for Mr. Pesca
On The Gist, a shaved-down tale from an elder Pesca. Mike and The Gist staff are busy preparing for our first live show, so on Tuesday we present a favorite from the Pesca family dinner table. Joe Pesca tells it best. We’ll be back on Wednesday...
Everybody Loves Eating
On The Gist, TV writer Phil Rosenthal explains how he came to host his own PBS show about food and travel. His new show, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, premieres Monday on PBS. For the Spiel, Mike poops on the pope’s media coverage....
Alison Brie Sex Scene Therapy
On The Gist, remembering Phil Patton. Then, writer and filmmaker Leslye Headland explains how she brought lessons from theater and heartbreak into the making of the indie comedy Sleeping With Other People. For the Spiel, highlights from the Values...
Are There Any Real Catholics in Congress?
On The Gist, we take the vitals on the current state of health care in America. The number of uninsured has dropped dramatically, but are the struggling state exchanges and co-ops a cause for concern? Phil Galewitz from Kaiser Health News joins us for...
Excluding Black Jurors
On The Gist, how filmmaker Jennifer Nelson helped bring the birthday song back into the public domain. Plus, we welcome back Dax-Devlon Ross to discuss his research into black juror exclusion, one of the facets of the upcoming Supreme Court case...
It’s a Copper Sock Miracle
On The Gist, Emily Bazelon from the New York Times Magazine joins us to answer one question, one question only. This is it: “If Congress defunds Planned Parenthood, is it possible that, even though no government funding funds abortions, they...
Graduate, Work, Marry, Procreate
How essential is marriage for aspiring middle-class families? On The Gist, economist and Brookings fellow Isabel Sawhill explains her often-cited “success sequence” and declining marriage rates in the developed world. She’s the...
That Groovy Summer of Love
On The Gist, our regular guest Chris Molanphy returns to explore the "psychedelic-lite" and "semi-baroque" Billboard chart hits from 1967. He’ll explain how the music industry took a druggy cultural movement like the "summer of love" and...
Is Anger Curable?
On The Gist, Mike’s personal highlight reel from Wednesday night’s CNN GOP debates. Then, how does the medical community distinguish anger issues from psychopath issues or substance abuse issues? Maria Konnikova of the New...
The Canadian Accent Is Changing, Eh?
On The Gist, what’s all this a’boot the shifting Canadian accent? We speak with sociolinguist Paul De Decker. Plus, Douglas Birch from the Center for Public Integrity explains why South Africa still has highly enriched uranium. For the...
What Michael Did on His Summer Vacation
On The Gist, Mike chats with the interesting attendees at his friend’s destination wedding in Montenegro. Our audio version of a wedding guestbook includes: John W. Frehse from Core Practice explains what millennials really want; Phil Hochberg...
Serial for the Truly Obsessed
On The Gist, a new podcast unravels the case against Adnan Syed one complex detail at a time. We’ll speak with the podcast’s three hosts, Rabia Chaudry from Split the Moon; Colin Miller of EvidenceProf; and Susan Simpson, who writes for...
Notice anything different about your street today? Just ask a dog. On The Gist, Alexandra Horowitz from the dog cognition lab at Barnard talks us through a dog walk. She’s the author of Inside of a Dog and On Looking: Eleven Walks With...
Yes! Oh God!! Yesss!!!
Why is the female orgasm notoriously difficult to study? On The Gist, guest host Andrea Silenzi avoids tarnishing her browser history by asking Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker about new research into the effects of la petite mort on...
Bobcat Goldthwait Stands Up for a Fellow Comic
On The Gist, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait reflects on how his career in comedy led him to chose the path of a filmmaker. His new documentary tells the story of fellow comic Barry Crimmins and explores the role of politics, anger, and activism in his...
Don’t Say Cheese
On The Gist, Colin Atrophy Hagendorf tells us why he decided to eat a slice from every pizzeria in Manhattan. Unlike Super Size Me or Julie & Julia, sometimes ambitious food-related projects aren't life-changing experiences. But they can produce...
The Year Disco Became a Dirty Word
On The Gist, our regular guest Chris Molanphy returns to explore Billboard chart hits from 1980, including rock songs, adult contemporary tracks, and lots of elements stolen from disco. It was a great year for dentists’ offices. For the...
The “March to Zero” Veers Off Course in Kansas
On The Gist, a look at how Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and fellow Republicans are scrambling to preserve the state’s troubled zero-tax policy. Our guest Chris Suellentrop made politics personal in his New York Times Magazine feature "The Kansas...
Raising a Trans Kid
On The Gist, Mike responds to the tragic news of the WDBJ7 shooting. Then, we debut a new segment we call Analogy Emergency. Can you help? Join the conversation on our Facebook page. Plus, Dr. Robert Garofalo joins us to discuss the difficult...
Garlic: The Secret to a Long Life With No Friends
On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker presses her knife down on a clove of wisdom and minces apart the research. Should we believe the hype about garlic, the miracle food? For the Spiel, a story of slobs vs. snobs as told...
My Disease Became Your Fad Diet
On The Gist, Slate’s Laura Bennett explains what it’s like to be gluten-free since the ’90s. She recently wrote “I Was Gluten-Free Before It Was Cool.” Plus, what should we do with all our RadioShack gift cards?...
Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer Ride the Glass Bus
On The Gist, we debut a new financial news segment called MarketScope with correspondent Sebastian Sinclair. Plus, comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer explain why they paid $400 million to bring a bus from New York City’s Times Square to...
A Horse Is a Horse, Unless It’s a Nazi
On The Gist, the latest chapter in Germany’s ongoing struggle with the legacy of the Third Reich. The Wall Street Journal’s Mary M. Lane tells us about the outcry over a Nazi-era bronze horse that stands outside a boarding school in...
When Comedy Podcasts Were Still in Beta
On The Gist, comedian Jimmy Pardo recalls lessons learned from the dawn of podcasting and alt-comedy, and takes pride in the complexity of his new game show inspired by the room-escape zeitgeist. He hosts the podcast Never Not Funny and the...
The Sons and Daughters Lost to ISIS
We’re all familiar with news stories about radicalized Western kids who join the terrorist group ISIS. Today on The Gist, Julia Ioffe tells the story of the mothers those kids leave behind, and how many turn to activism in their grief....
Simon Rich, the Premise Keeper
An article in the Guardian once asked, “Is Simon Rich the funniest man in America.” We ask him, “Are you?” His new book Spoiled Brats explores why the so-called millennial culture is easy to mock, especially by baby...
Warning: This Episode Contains Singing
Mike Pesca has no plans to stop singing on the podcast. For this special episode of The Gist, we bring in vocal coach Dr. Jan Douglas to help him find the key. Will he declare our host a lost cause? For the Spiel, the tart-tongued Buckeye John...
How Economists Define Poverty
On The Gist, we examine a historically very loose measure—the poverty line. When we hear about the “supplemental poverty measure” in the news, is that a more valuable number? We ask our regular guest Adam Davidson to explain....
Where to Find the Best Stories
Today on The Gist, professional storyteller Matthew Dicks returns to share a daily exercise for every aspiring storyteller. He’s the author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. For the Spiel: Mike Pesca may not vocal-fry, but he sure hears...
Mike Pesca's Origin Story, as Told by His Parents
On The Gist, an unusual episode about an unusual coincidence among our staff. Both Mike Pesca and managing producer Joel Meyer were born in cars in the 1970s. First up, Neila Pesca and Joe Pesca tell the story of the ultimate driveway moment, when our...
Summer BS Edition
On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker addresses the burning questions of the summer season, including the truth about SPF and the weirdness of ice cream headaches. Plus, filmmaker Jennifer Nelson explains how new research...
That's Just Sand In My Eye!
In 1997, the deaths of Notorious B.I.G. and Princess Diana left America looking for musical catharsis. The Gist, our regular guest Chris Molanphy explores how tribute songs came to dominate the Billboard chart from 1997, with a sprinkling of a few...
How to Survive Mark Sanford
Today on The Gist, Barton Swaim gives us a glimpse inside the world of a certain former governor of South Carolina. Swain’s new book is called The Speechwriter. Plus, Dr. Jeffrey Lewis responds to lingering criticisms of the Iran nuclear...
Debt Ratings Are Like The Emmys
Four years ago today, the U.S. debt rating by Standard & Poor’s was downgraded from AAA to AA+. An assortment of politicians and rich people warned us this would be a day we’d never forget. We forgot. On The Gist, Adam...
BPA! BPS! Are They BS?
When you drink from a BPA-free water bottle, is it still safe from "leeching" plastics? On The Gist, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to examine the research into BPA plastics for a game we...
Trump's Star Begins to Dim
Donald Trump is a clear leader in national polls, but for how long? If it was anyone else, would we be more impressed? On The Gist, Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight explains how Trump’s inevitable fall from the top of GOP candidate polls could...
The Man Behind “Cabin Boy” Sails On
On the day Adam Resnick learned what an internship was, he called up Late Night With David Letterman. From there, his career would be marked by cult classics he’d rather not revisit. We’ll revisit. Hear the story of Resnick’s...
Ted Cruz Hits the Road
On The Gist, Politico’s Manu Raju joins us from the Senate Periodical Press Gallery to discuss the recent Ted Cruz blowup in the Senate, and its lasting impact on his relationship with the GOP. How might his disregard for traditional procedure...
Bed Bugs Are Unvanquishable and It’s Our Fault
On The Gist, science writer Brooke Borel explains how a bed bug infestation in 2004 landed her in the ER and later became a consuming area of research. She’s the author of Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the...
On The Gist, a clear explanation of the many dangers of monosodium glutamate, or MSG. Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to examine the research for a game we call “Is That Bulls--t?” She’s the...
Work Harder, America
Are Americans not working hard enough? Jeb Bush told the New Hampshire Union Leader, “Workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more...
Overcoming the Intraoffice Cold Shoulder
When a colleague in your office suddenly freezes you out without explanation, what’s the best course of action? On The Gist, Emily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises a woman on how to deal with tension created by a...
Step Inside the Juiceboxxx
On the heels of our conversation with Slate’s Leon Neyfakh about his book The Next Next Level, The Gist talks with the book’s subject, the rap artist Juiceboxxx. Today Juice tells his own story, and explains what...
First Taste of the Juiceboxxx
On The Gist, Mike shares an important lesson about Connecticut he discovered as a guest on the Colin McEnroe Show today. Then, Slate’s Leon Neyfakh tells the story of how his early friendship with the...
Comedy Isn’t Pretty
Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner recently said that beautiful women are “usually not funny.” Is there anything to that? On The Gist, TV producer Mike Schur reacts to that statement and discusses the role of funny but attractive unicorns on...
American Exceptionalism Rah-Rah
On The Gist, Ian Bremmer from the Eurasia Group has explored three options for what kind of country America should be: independent, moneyball, or indispensable. He defines these terms on the show, and in his book Superpower: Three Choices for...
A Different Stroke
On The Gist, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. shares his journey from a 19-year-old rock star with massive hair, to a sober 35-year-old with a solo side project (and less hair). His new album, Momentary Masters, is available for preorder,...
To Strangle a Flamingo
On The Gist, one question with Frank Deford. Then, are the core issues of traditional social conservatism on the wane? Slate’s Reihan Salam explains why some Republicans may change their focus from gay marriage to the economy,...
Let's Grade a Deal (Iran Edition)
Even the most qualified arms control experts had little confidence that the Iran deal would even happen, much less be good. On The Gist, Dr. Jeffrey Lewis explains why you have to hate deals in order to dislike the Iran deal. Lewis hosts Mike’s...
Smile If You’re a Democrat
On The Gist, a wave of Trump talk crashed down on the weekend news shows. We have the highlights. Plus, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to examine the scientific merits of political personality studies in a series we...
Keep News Weird
In the age of the vast and insatiable Internet, where zany headlines are compiled by the hive-mind, is it possible that the very notion of weird has been diluted? On The Gist, Slate contributing editor Dan Engber explores changing standards for the...
The Art of Porn
Today on The Gist, something none of us know anything about—porn. Pesca is away, but Felix Salmon from Fusion, Piper Text (and, of course, Slate Money) will be your guide. First up, we explore the difference...
Easy Listening Wasn’t Easy in 1975
On The Gist, Mike is joined by Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer for a game we call “One Question, One Question Only.” What are the best, worst, and most likely scenarios for the Greek economy?
Plus, our regular guest Chris Molanphy...
Fear Your Shower, Not ISIS
On The Gist, NPR’s Frannie Kelley explains why Tuesday has lost its significance for the music industry. That will all change this Friday. She hosts the Microphone Check podcast on NPR and edits Yours Truly. Plus, Stephen Walt from the Harvard...
Nerds in the Hood
On The Gist, Mimi Valdés explains her work as chief creative officer for Pharrell Williams’ collective I Am Other. She’s a co-producer of the film Dope, the new drama-comedy from writer and director Rick Famuyiwa. For the...
Telling Stories: Do It Better
On The Gist, Matthew Dicks offers more tricks for helping Gist listeners tell better stories. You’re welcome. This class focuses on how to bring the emotions behind our experiences into how we tell our stories. Dicks is the author of Memoirs of...
Awkward Silence Is Our Polio
Kristin Gore, Tallulah Bankhead, and Alice Roosevelt Longworth are all known for their comedic writings and the daughters of elected officials. Add to that list the Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri. She’s the daughter of...
Poking Holes in Acupuncture
Today on The Gist, Jeff Ross’ harsh comedic roasts have finally landed him in prison. We’ll speak to the roastmaster general about his new special Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live At Brazos County Jail. Then, Mike asks Maria...
Will Gay Marriage Upend Gay Culture?
The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage will welcome a new era in equality, acceptance, and fretting. A recent headline even predicted a “twinge of loss” for modern gay culture. On The Gist, Slate’s J. Bryan...
The Following Story Is Based on Real Presidents
Today on The Gist, the return of “Names in the News!” Plus, Brad Melzer from the Lost History TV series explains how real presidential lore and relationships influenced his new novel The President's Shadow. You can hear Brad’s...
1990: The Year Before Music Changed Forever
Today on The Gist, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick explains the vulnerability of Friday’s SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage, and a favorite Scalia moment from the arguments. She’s the host of the Slate podcast Amicus. Plus, our regular...
Is the "Five-Second Rule" Baloney?
Today on The Gist, you will either be happily relieved or totally devastated by what we’ve learned about the “five-second rule.” Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker if she’d eat what we’ve...
Why Humankind Needs Kardashians
Is there a relationship between celebrity worship and a lack of social mobility? Today on The Gist, we explore the allure of celebrity with professor Timothy Caulfield. He’s the author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: How the...
What’s Fair for Fatherhood
Mike took three months off after each of his sons were born. He considers that time to be the most important bonding he’s ever done, but when it comes to family leave, some new dads aren’t so lucky. CNN’s Josh Levs makes a...
Four Essential Lies
On this weekend’s Meet the Press, Mike Huckabee asked, “Is South Carolina a racist state because of the flag that flies on their Capitol grounds?” On The Gist, Mike Pesca answers, “No, the flag flies over the Capitol because...
The Creator of Doc McStuffins
What kind of person is drawn to write for children’s television? And why does that person always seem to sneak in adult jokes and pop culture references? The creator and executive producer of Doc McStuffins, Chris Nee, shares the wide...
Why Dylann Roof Picked Those Two Flags
Today on The Gist, a closer look at the apartheid-era South African and Rhodesian flags worn by the Charleston suspect, Dylann Roof, with vexillologist Ted Kaye. Plus, Richard Thaler offers common-sense ideas found in behavioral economics. He’s...
Go-Go Wearable Gadgets
Does Congress care about the political interests of regular American citizens as much as those of their affluent donors? Today on The Gist, we speak with Princeton politics professor Martin Gilens about a study in Perspectives on...
Deep Dive Into a Defining Institution
Was racism the progeny of the decision to enslave black people? Today on The Gist, the duo behind a new Slate Academy tell us what they’ve learned so far in a summerlong inquiry into a vast and complex aspect of American history. Mike...
Google’s Loony Balloons
Today on The Gist, an improbable Google experiment is still afloat. Will this “loony” idea help expand Internet access around the world, or just be a boon to fuzzy sock manufacturers? Slate’s Will Oremus explains. For The Spiel, we...
My Friend Became a Staunch Anti-Vaxxer. Now What?
Today on The Gist, we dig some of our favorite segments out of the vault. Mike Pesca is still away taping Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me, which you can hear this coming weekend online or on NPR stations across the country.
First up, Mary...
Tour Guide for The Memory Palace
James Holmes is mounting an insanity defense for his trial in the 2012 movie-theater killings in Aurora, Colorado. But what connection does that tactic have with the actual medical understanding of mental illness? Today on The Gist, Fordham’s...
Sleeping: You’re Doing It Wrong
Today on The Gist, how common is the phenomenon of the historic genius or eccentric CEO who needs less sleep than the rest of us? Could more of us benefit from less sleep? Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to open our...
Grasping for the Ferguson Effect
In the Wall Street Journal editorial “The New Nationwide Crime Wave,” Heather Mac Donald argues that spikes in inner city crime are the consequence of “The Ferguson Effect” on police. Today on The Gist, Mike Pesca disagrees....
Sharon Van Etten, Banter Mentor
Today on The Gist, listener Dillon Kondor explains why he finds himself consistently embarrassed by his own stage banter. Can indie rock singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten save the day? They’ll join us in studio for a thoughtful conversation...
His Dunkological Clock Was Ticking
When Asher Price reached his mid-30s, he realized it was his last chance to learn how to dunk a basketball. Today on The Gist, we’ll visit the West 4th Street Courts to learn about his training regimen and the symbolism behind a slam dunk....
Mac McCaughan: Solochunk
Today on The Gist, a new album from Mac McCaughan captures the feeling of being fifteen in 1982. His new album Non-Believers is available from the label he co-founded, Merge Records. In our segment, you’ll hear the tracks “Box...
Nothing Up Their Sleeves?
A look at the benefits offered, if any, from compression sleeves worn by LeBron James, alpine skiers, and ailing senior citizens.
What a Cherokee Chief Can Tell Us About Andrew ...
NPR host Steve Inskeep examines the complicated story of America’s seventh president through a new lens.
Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road Story
Alex Winter went from co-starring with Keanu Reeves in the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure franchise to creating tech-centric documentaries. Today, Winter talks about directing Deep Web, about the online black market Silk Road and its founder Ross...
Talking About Talking About Race
Today on The Gist, a brief history of beer with William Glenn and Trish Parry. Their show A Brief History of Beer is at the Under St. Marks Theater in New York the last Sunday of every month.
Plus, author Baratunde Thurston joins us from the new...
Living in the Post-Material World
The other day in the Wall Street Journal, Mike Pesca saw a headline that he adored: World Awash in Too Much of Almost Everything. It wasn’t a pun, just that stark truth, and it reminded Pesca of a book he read years ago called The Progress...
Hoist Up the Liberland Flag
Today on The Gist, our resident vexillologist Ted Kaye explains why it’s so much fun to visit micronation.org and size up the baby flags. For more flag news, we strongly recommend subscribing to the Vexilloid Tabloid, the...
Why Karaoke Carries a Torch for 1984
Today on The Gist, we listen back to Billboard hits from 1984. Our regular guest Chris Molanphy explains why the year inspired so many go-to karaoke jams. He writes Slate’s Why Is That Song No. 1 column. For the Spiel, it’s time to name...
The Present Tense (and Other Storytelling Secrets)
Today on The Gist, professional storyteller Matthew Dicks is here to coach our winning listener Frank Kennedy. We’ll hear stories from Frank’s life raising an autistic son, and hear ideas for how to better integrate them into a larger...
Dylan’s 14-Month Miracle
In a span of just 14 months, Bob Dylan wrote, recorded, and released three of the greatest albums of all time. Today on The Gist, David Kinney explains how it happened. He’s the author of The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob. For the...
Nine out of 10 Germs Agree
Today on The Gist, what does the looong campaign mean for 2016’s candidates? Annie Lowrey from New York magazine joins us for a reasonable amount of time. She’s part of a new Panoply podcast called Podcast for America, which debuts Tuesday...
Why We Lost It Over Beanie Babies
Today on The Gist, we remind you of what’s in that crate in the back corner of your basement. Author Zac Bissonnette tells the tale of Ty Warner and the craze that launched e-commerce. He’s the author of The Great Beanie...
It’s Letterman’s World, We Just Critique It
Today on The Gist, Mike Pesca and Slate senior editor Laura Bennett reflect on the unique career of David Letterman, and the new breed of late-night hosts. His last show will be on May 20th, and Slate’s Last Laugh features include many looks at...
Eating Chinese Food Out of the Carton
Today on The Gist, Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg are called out for making a notorious cliché on their hit FX spy drama, The Americans. They recently hosted a Slate podcast following Season 3 of their show, available in iTunes, or as an RSS...
Another Blow to Bipartisan Spirit
A new trade bill has split Senate Democrats and united Obama with Republicans. Today on The Gist, we speak with BuzzFeed’s congressional reporter Kate Nocera from the Senate press gallery. For the Spiel, a simple solution to the Amtrak...
On Twitter, TV Follows You
Today on The Gist, Jared Feldman from Canvs explains how social media is supplanting the old-fashioned focus group for media buyers and TV shows. For the Spiel, how American elections could benefit from candidates with less...
Are Artificial Sweeteners Bullshit?
Today on The Gist, does the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev feel remorse? Seth Stevenson has been reporting for Slate on the trial and shares the latest insight into how the defense is attempting to humanize. Plus, are there adverse health...
Restaurants These Days!
Guest host David Plotz debates the state of American fine dining with Grantland staffer, Pulitzer Prize winner, and aggrieved diner Wesley Morris.
He's Not God, but He Plays Him on Twitter
The man upstairs takes time out from his busy online life to dish about his Broadway show, Jon Stewart, and his day job as a comedy writer.
The Podcast Fight Takes Its Troll
Guest host Zoe Chace of This American Life on the battle for podcasting’s origin story.
100 Jokes a Day
Today on The Gist, we celebrate our first year as a show! Will you tell a friend about us? Plus, Jon Macks joins us to explain which celebrities have provided the most fodder during the 22 years of jokes he’s written for late night television....
The Bottom Line on Carly Fiorina
Today on The Gist, James Ledbetter from Inc. and Panoply's new Inc. Uncensored podcast sizes up presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. What was her impact on Hewlett-Packard, and does business experience translate to success in politics? For...
Artie Lange Is a Stand Up Guy
Today on The Gist, Artie Lange shares how he’s de…
Being Barney Frank
Today on The Gist, former Rep. Barney Frank expla…
The Bald Truth About Presidential Candidates
Today on The Gist, Mark Leibovich from the New Yo…
Let’s Talk About Duck Vaginas
Today on The Gist, author Zoe Cormier explores th…
Spooning With Dan Pashman
Today on The Gist, John Curtice from the What Sco…
Your Grandpa Is a Little Sketchy
Today on The Gist, professional storyteller Matt Dicks speaks with the winner of our storytelling challenge. Did we make the right pick? Hear our entries from yesterday’s Gist here. Plus, Emily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises...
What Makes a Story Unforgettable
Today on The Gist, professional storyteller Matt …
Are Probiotics Bulls--t?
Today on The Gist, it’s an episode that comes fro…
We Dish on the Knish
Today on The Gist, Marc Caputo from Politico’s F…
Before Bombs Fell Out of Favor
Today on The Gist, Bryan Burrough explains what A…
From 'The Daily Show' to the Past
On Ep. 238, Brian Unger joins us in studio. He’s …
Today on The Gist, we listen back to Billboard hi…
Putin Programs, You Decide
Today on The Gist, Phil Galewitz from Kaiser Heal…
Ar U for Spelling Reform?
Today on The Gist, an update from Slate’s Dahlia …
Thomas Jefferson as Touchstone
Do women make better presidents? Today on The Gis…
Vincent D’Onofrio on Introversion and Acting
Today on The Gist, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick puts n…
Risk Lives Up to Its Name
Today on The Gist, Mike tests the assertion that …
For a tourist’s paradise, the Maldive Islands is …
The Moment Has Arrived
Today on The Gist, Brian Koppelman, the accomplis…
TED Talks Shame the Devil
Today on The Gist, we explore a new form of dark …
Targeted by Putin
While Mike Pesca’s off hosting Wait, Wait Don’t T…
Shakespeare Without the Script
On a past Gist, we gave you drunk Shakespeare. No…
What’s a Walking Bass Line?
Today on The Gist, Mike joins us from a Chicago T…
Gunfight at the Walmart Corral
Today on The Gist, James Ledbetter from Inc. expl…
The Pit Boss of House of Cards
Today on The Gist, we imagine the hearts and mind…
Immigrants Don’t Steal Jobs
Today on The Gist, Adam Davidson of NPR’s Planet …
How should we understand the evolving nature of U…
The Wizard of Ooze
Remember when Mike Pesca gargled Pond’s cold crea…
The #NotAMovie Challenge Begins
Now that we’ve become indifferent to illegal and …
Scharpling and Wurster Do It Best
Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster rarely analyze why…
Today on The Gist, we ask Jonathan Rauch of the B…
Today on The Gist, a look at ski racing’s uphill …
My Big Fat German Debt
Why would someone accused of multiple crimes enga…
A Matter of Chorus
Not every great pop song has a standard format or…
Tips for Your Office Fridge
Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments in Ki…
High Maintenance Delivers
Today on The Gist, we celebrate the Web series Hi…
Will a recent Gallup poll be a wake-up call for s…
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect Patents
Today on The Gist, Mary Pilon shares the real his…
Songs That Almost Killed the American Songbook
Obama promised hope and change, but what about ma…
Paid to Play
Dream job alert. Today on the Gist, Mike talks wi…
Republicans: Report to Spring Training
For ages, athletes have been judged by their impo…
He Stared Down the Soviets
Before he was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist…
One Condiment to Rule Them All
The New York outpost of France’s famed Maille mus…
Smell The Roses
Slate's Dahlia Lithwick discusses the issue of le…
World Saved by Jet-Skiing Comedian
Jet skis look like a horse running and defecating…
The Quiet Dignity of Bears
On the day when the Internet turns to llamas, we …
Today on The Gist, Gretchen Rubin explains what s…
Is “Illegal Immigrant” Offensive, Accurate or B...
With 100 inches of snow landing on Boston this wi…
ISIS’s Self-Destruct Button
Today on The Gist, journalist Graeme Wood offers …
The Cuddle Cure
The Nasdaq Composite Index is closing in on an al…
Targeted by Putin
Today on The Gist, Bill Browder tells the story o…
Selma’s Fictional LBJ
Today on The Gist, ponds face cream, plus water, …
What Cubans and Mormons Have in Common
Lance Armstrong has been ordered to pay $10 milli…
The Read Meets the Spiel
Today on The Gist, Mike Pesca is joined by Kid Fu…
Beyond Death Cults and Nihilism
Today on The Gist, Max Abrahms from Northeastern …
Extra: Xavier Dphrepaulezz, aka Fantastic Negrito
A past Gist guest was recently named the winner o…
He Wanted to Be a Millionaire
How do you own your failures? Today on The Gist, …
Kick-Ass Commando Weathermen
Is the White House’s new National Security Strate…
Hit the Road, Union Jack
Why is international justice so slow and scleroti…
Today on The Gist, a conversation about fetal hom…
The Most Interesting Man We Know
Today on The Gist, we might have audio from Brian…
Melody As Smoking Gun
Are headlines about “three-parent babies” far-fet…
North Korea’s Former Poet Laureate
Today on The Gist, a look at how propaganda thriv…
The Detox Detox
Today on The Gist, political analyst Jonah Blank …
The One-Man Beautification Plan
Today on The Gist: a visual avenger for the beaut…
Caffeine: Shot by Shot
Fellow dads Mike Pesca and Adam Davidson of NPR a…
The Passion of the Christie
Do Chris Christie’s outbursts make him impossible…
Microsoft’s Imperfect 10
Does the GOP’s 2016 candidate need to figurativel…
The Five-Second Story
How exactly should the United States go about cou…
Fraunces Tavern Bombing
Before the Revolutionary War, the tavern founded …
George Costanza vs. ISIS
Winning the public relations war against ISIS won…
Learning Styles Over Substance
After elementary school, who will cater to your l…
Bull in a Vagina Shop
When it comes to international monetary shockers,…
Where Are America’s Terrorist Cells?
From a statistical standpoint, should we all be s…
Should You Buy the Fitbit?
On The Gist, Slate’s Reihan Salam shares the Repu…
Is “Don’t Be Evil” More Than a Slogan?
Today on The Gist, Michael Levi from the Council …
A Better Name for 11
How real is the possibility of a terrorist strike…
If LBJ Faced Today's Congress
Did Lyndon B. Johnson really move Washington with…
Shh! ASMR Isn’t Real
Why do the American public and political leadersh…
A Poet Goes to MerCon
Can terrorism ever be defeated? As a tactic? As a…
The Right to Remain Uncivil
From campus codes to moderated online forums, fai…
Mario Cuomo’s Missed Career in Stand-Up
What did Mario Cuomo accomplish and set in motion…
As a Long Island teenager in the 1980s, Mike Pesc…
Give Me Liberty or Give Me … Liberté
A week ago, Obama told CNN he’s doing everything …
Al Michaels Has the Call
Michael Daly of the Daily Beast on the challenges…
Thanksgiving cocktails are about a nice drink wit…
Are You Sure He Had a Red Nose?
How open are Cubans to the idea of democracy? Tod…
Grin and Bear It
Are we experiencing a fundamental reshaping of th…
Bad Movies, Good Podcast
All this week on The Gist, we’re down with O.P.P.…
Too Beautiful to Stop
All this week on The Gist, we’re down with O.P.P.…
For Dana Gould, Editing Is No Laughing Matter
All this week on The Gist, we’re down with O.P.P.…
Ten Years To 'StartUp'
All this week on the The Gist, we’re down with O.…
Marc Maron on the Best Podcast Episode Ever
All this week on the The Gist, we’re down with O.…
Cut Off From a Sex Life Too Soon
When your husband dies, must your sex life die to…
Should America be the world police? Today on The …
Is “Mother’s Intuition” Real?
While campus sexual assault is a real and serious…
Goodness Gracious: Great Bio of Fire
Today on The Gist, Mike comes out with his predic…
The Uruguayan in Chief
Today on The Gist, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg offers …
Tap the Holiday Spirit
Clarence Page is knowledgeable, reasonable, and n…
Orchestral Snoring on the Trans-Siberian Railway
On The Gist, NPR’s David Greene joins us in studi…
The Duck Face Facial Regime
Today on The Gist, a look at the issues surroundi…
Learning Little From the Near-Death Experience
Pop-up ads keep telling Mike to test his food sen…
The Mingus Method for Toilet Training Cats
Starting Wednesday, Billboard will change the way…
The Thunder-Throat Hope Behind Macy’s Floats
Thanksgiving is for eaters, so we’ve called in an…
Demons and Spirits
Today on The Gist, Mike begins the show with his …
The Moist Birdie Debate
How come Scandinavians are always the internation…
The Buck Starts Here
Today on The Gist, Chuck Todd from NBC’s Meet the…
The Kitsch of Death
If it bleed, it leads, but today on The Gist we d…
Afghanistan: 13 Years and Counting
When our feelings about Hamid Karzai cooled, did …
Don’t Call It a Comeback
Today on The Gist, Chicago’s Joshua Sebastian tel…
Pumpkin Spice in July? That’s Too Soon
Today on The Gist, Philip Galewitz from Kaiser He…
To Catch a Professor
Are the recent midterm voters reflective of the A…
The Sweet Smell of Survival
Today on The Gist, RAND Corp. political scientist…
Did Smarf Have to Die?
Are we entering an era in which failure will domi…
Heroes Need Not Apply
Today on The Gist, Margaret Aguirre from the Inte…
Why WKRP Was Called WKRP
Today on The Gist, Slate’s Jamelle Bouie explains…
We Know Less Than We Think
Today on The Gist, our in-house vexilologist Ted …
Friends With (Slate Plus) Benefits
Today on The Gist, a collection of some of our fa…
Veteran SNL Writer Asks “Who Tooted?”
Today on The Gist, Slate’s Josh Voorhees joins us…
JFK’s Brain Is Missing
Raise a toast: There are no more dry states left …
Does When We Eat Matter?
Today on The Gist, political writer Harry Enten f…
Two Families, One Mortgage
It looks likely that the Republicans will win the…
Starving Jake Gyllenhaal
Today on The Gist, it’s hard to look away from a …
If Washington Hips to Indie Rock
Today on The Gist: Divided government is supposed…
Why Political Consultants Prescribe Bumpkin
Every so often there’s a politician who breaks th…
Don’t Get Ebola in Missouri
Today on The Gist, Stephen E. Flynn, political sc…
High Times Rolls On
Today on The Gist, political writer Harry Enten f…
Tastes Like James Joyce
Today on The Gist, Paul Slovic from Decision Rese…
We Work Hard For Less Money
Today on The Gist, a question about opera that ha…
Soup Was Once Hilarious
Today on The Gist, David Montgomery from the Siou…
The Serial Podcast Ending Is TBD
Today on The Gist, an interview from the new podc…
Norman Lear, Thanks for TV
Like TV? Then you owe a debt to our guest on The …
Thanks Bro, Now Get the Hell Out of Feminism
This election season has been full of court fight…
The Eight-Glasses-of-Water-a-Day Myth
Today on The Gist, a new message of mercy emerges…
Working On Our Night Moves
Are Apple and Google “beyond the law”? Today on T…
George Carlin Gets His Way
Today on The Gist, why has Turkey seemed strangel…
My Friend Became a Staunch Anti-Vaxxer. Now What?
Should we be more concerned about black juror exc…
Rogue Taxidermy, Art for Awful Dreams
Today on The Gist, we explore the uncanny valley …
Bedbugs: Disgusting Nuisance, Great Musical
Today on The Gist, is it too soon for Ebola jokes…
Math vs. Ebola
Today on The Gist, something we’re good at when i…
Qatar: Friend or Frenemy?
Today on The Gist, the home of the largest U.S. m…
Stop Freaking Out About Your Kids
Today on The Gist, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick previe…
The Cosby Showdown
Today on The Gist, we prepare for a verdict in th…
Can Peeps Be Sticky Year-Round?
Is the attorney general the lightening rod of the…
True Tales of Andy Warhol’s Sex Couch
Today on The Gist, we talk about Andy Warhol’s er…
Louisiana Isn’t Boot-Shaped Anymore
Today on The Gist, we discuss the legacy of Attor…
His Friends Know He Cheated. Does She?
Today on The Gist, the science journalist’s versi…
Where Did the Fade-Out Go?
Today on The Gist, what happened to the good old …
Why Economists Don’t Have Many Friends
Today on The Gist, we ask the Atlantic’s Jeffrey …
The Analogy That Helped Sell Viagra
Exactly how many black men are killed each year b…
Is “Tomato Ketchup” Redundant?
In a recent article for The New Republic, Tom A. …
Xavier Dphrepaulezz, Musician Reborn
Today on The Gist, in anticipation of Sunday’s cl…
The Police’s Stewart Copeland Scores a Silent Film
Today on The Gist, Police drummer Stewart Copelan…
Comedian Jen Kirkman Doesn’t Want Kids. Cue Out...
Today on The Gist, comedian Jen Kirkman explains …
Ken Follett’s Case for Long Novels
Today on The Gist, Riveted author Jim Davies expl…
Chanteuse Storm Large Subtly Accuses Miley Cyru...
Today on The Gist, we call up Scottish schoolteac…
Why Do I Keep Accidentally Dating Swingers?
Today on The Gist, Adam Davidson from Planet Mone…
Did You See Obama Pull a John Wayne?
How did the office of the president work with TV …
Tips for Prosecuting Ray Rice
How appropriate were the measures taken against R…
Reductio Ad Hitlerum
Today on the first archive edition of The Gist, a…
Dan Carlin on the Art of the Retreat
Taking a note from Mike’s hairline (zing!), Slate…
Stop Calling Teaching a Calling. It's a Profess...
Former NFL player Nate Jackson’s league health in…
A Brilliant Cellist Embraces the Devil’s Music
Today on The Gist, cellist Maya Beiser tells us h…
The Almost Mystical Yet Totally Routine Process...
What does Anna Karenina look like when you read T…
Can Naps Make You Feel Worse?
While the best chess players in the world face of…
The Thing I Need To Do Before “I Do”
On The Gist, Adam Davidson from Planet Money expl…
Gilbert Gottfried Speaks for the Birds
Today on The Gist, a voice you couldn’t mistake f…
Happy People in Love … Boring
Republicans, like all marketers, want to reach La…
Puppies Don’t Win Pulitzers
Today on The Gist, we say hello to Yo founder Or …
The Bomb Makers’ Bomb Maker
On The Gist, Mike plays the mad dog and our guest…
The Proud Mom of 23 Could-Be Kids
“In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied wi…
Is Infidelity Still a Third Rail for TV?
We bet you an Andrew Jackson that you’ll like our…
Dude, on the Set of the Big Lebowski
In preparation for Lebowski Fest, writer Alex Bel…
Hillary’s Early Primary Polling
Today on the Gist, Rolfe Winkler from the Wall St…
Baby Panda vs. George Washington
On The Gist, Slate editors and special guest Broo…
Is That Ferguson or Selma?
The visuals coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, evo…
In Ukraine, Even the Flags Are Clashing
President Obama and former Secretary of State Hil…
Would You Report a Creepy Correspondence?
When a bored copy-shop employee spotted a chillin…
The Pursuit of Happiness Studies
Can gathering happiness data help countries evalu…
The Vin Scully of Horseracing Retires
Today on The Gist, Tamara Cofman Wittes of the Br…
When Amy Solomon was growing up in Chicago, she w…
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Secret to Never Being Boring
Today on The Gist, we speak with Elizabeth Gilber…
Today on The Gist, how the alchemy of two helps c…
Chris Gethard Shows Off His Guns
Comedian Chris Gethard shows The Gist his guns. W…
What Made Hitler Hitler?
Today on The Gist, we observe the 100th anniversa…
Sioux Falls Has a New Flag, and It’s Quite Fetc...
The Committee to Establish a Suitable Flying Bann…
What Poker Has to Teach Us About Missile Defens...
When is it best to know when our privacy has been…
Urban Biking: A Love Story
With only two days left before August recess, wha…
We’re Terrible at Reading Online
Today on The Gist, Canadian human rights worker D…
Why Does Tomato Juice Taste Better on an Airplane?
The world used to be full of empires. Is it time …
Would You Let Your Husband Road Trip With an Ex?
Today on The Gist, where do you draw the line wit…
Who’s Better Off: A Roman Emperor, or You?
How good did the Roman emperors have it? The Gist…
Should Clothing Ever Be Optional?
Today on The Gist, writer Dave Hill tells us abou…
When Does A Civilian Become A Combatant?
Are all civilians are automatically innocent? Tod…
NYPD Cold Case from 100 Years Ago, and the Vict...
Today on The Gist, reporter Challen Stephens expl…
Does Putin Know When to Fold ’Em?
Today on The Gist, Slate’s Anne Applebaum shares …
Comic, Sans Its Hero
Today on The Gist, Ben Lillie from Story Collider…
Your Brain on Bandwidth Poverty
Today on The Gist, as rockets rain from Gaza, Isr…
Why Is Mike Pesca So Happy?
Today on The Gist, political analyst Jonah Blank …
David Plotz Is Out, Panda Blogs Are In
Today at Slate, we announced a changing of the gu…
Her Husband’s Stupid Record Collection
Is not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border President …
This Guy Killed Hitler. All He Wants Is a Thank...
Today on the show, writer Mike Sacks explains how…
Inside the Principal’s Office
For what was Mike’s most enjoyable visit to the p…
Warren G. Harding in Love
Today on The Gist we discuss a new cache of steam…
Today, It’s a Pot-Cast
As Washington State’s recreational marijuana law …
Emotions Are Contagious, but Probably Not on Fa...
On the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous fa…
Philly, in Black and White
Today on The Gist, Mike talks with Alice Goffman,…
What Happens on Amish Spring Break Stays in Flo...
As Alan Mulally packs up his desk, Bryce Hoffman …
Taking (a Fake) One for the Team
An obscure U.S. government agency called the Expo…
The Diplomat Who F--ked Up
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski was sec…
I Believe That We Will Win
On today’s Gist, the stock market’s volatility, o…
Scalia Just Wants to Have Fun
Today on The Gist, judicial biographer Bruce Alle…
Hey U.N. Secretary-General … You Got Served!
Can you sue the United Nations over a tragic chol…
Is Dick Cheney the Least Qualified Iraq Expert ...
Today on The Gist, song lyrics made literal. Wits…
The Sinister Business of Advertising to Kids
Today’s Gist is a special New Haven hotel room di…
Does the Minimum Wage Create or Kill Jobs?
Today on the Gist, political writer Harry Enten f…
Should We Ditch Internet Comments?
Do nasty comments affect how readers perceive an …
Dirty Laundry? There’s an App for That
On today’s The Gist, Mike and New York magazine’s…
Should Ruth Bader Ginsburg Just Quit Already?
With many well-respected liberal thinkers pressur…
Blame Salt-n-Pepa for American Glottal Stop
Today on The Gist, why Chipotle has become an imp…
Polls Say the Darndest Things
Forces for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, o…
13 Days a Beatle
For the first two weeks of June 1964, Jimmy Nicol…
A Mass of Mass Shootings
Today on The Gist, criminologist and homicide res…
Zen and Beef Jerky at the World Series of Poker
Today on The Gist, reporter and former Afghan Tal…
Freakonomics Is Basically a Peanut Butter Cup
Today on the Gist, Politico magazine editor Susan…
Fancy Private College vs. Good-Enough U
May’s unemployment numbers aren’t out until Frida…
The Downside of Waiting for More Marshmallows
Today on the show, a look at a Tea Party resurgen…
Does Obama Need More Drama?
President Obama’s speech to West Point graduates …
Negotiating with Terrorists
Today on the Gist, a look at the release over the…
How a Comedian Chooses Just the Right Words
Today on the show, Adam Davidson from NPR’s Plane…
Why Math Matters
Today on the Gist, the case for integrating math …
Will Racism Die When Today’s Racists Die?
How much do Donald Sterling’s attitudes toward ra…
The Vicious Circle of Mass Shooting Media Coverage
On today’s episode of The Gist, Mike talks with A…
A massive piece in the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coat…
The Role of Empathy in Israeli Peace Negotiations
Today on The Gist, a look at why peace negotiatio…
Springtime for Hitler’s Stolen Art
Today on The Gist, the Wall Street Journal’s Mary…
The Guy Who Started “Retweets Don’t Equal Endor...
Today on The Gist, we ask what it would be like t…
Weren’t You in That Movie …?
We hear that a common obstacle to prosecuting cam…
Inside the Jill Abramson Firing
On today’s episode, NPR's David Folkenflik explai…
Elections in India, Debates in Idaho
The Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi has been deni…
Should The Wildlings Be on The Terrorism Watch ...
Today on the show, who belongs on the terrorism w…
Smithies Dis Chris, Coaches Corner
On today’s episode, Mike Pesca talks with Cathy O…
Signifiers: Headphones, Beards & The Washington...
Today on The Gist, is buying Beats by Dre a good …
Bankers and Internet Outrage and All These Ands
On this Friday’s Gist, Mike Pesca talks with Feli…
Has the U.S. Crowdsourced Foreign Policy?
Slate's The Gist with Mike Pesca: The Telegraph's Tom Rogan speaks with Mike about the wisdom of sending forces to rescue the Nigerian schoolgirls. Later in the show, Mike tries his hand at freestyle hip-hop, and he shares recent news items related to...
Slate’s The Gist with Mike Pesca: Why Are Onlin...
On today’s episode, Mike Pesca talks with Mark Le…
Slate’s The Gist with Mike Pesca: Russian Reali...
May 6, 2014: Mike Pesca talks with Russia expert …
Slate’s The Gist With Mike Pesca: Episode the F...
Mike talks with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about tod…
Promo: The Gist of the Gist
Mike Pesca gives a little preview of his new daily show, debuting May 5, 2014 on Slate.